Alma Gluck 1911-1917

Alma Gluck was born in Bucharest but moved as a child to America. She made her début in the New Theatre, New York, in 1909, followed almost immediately by her début at the Met as Sophie in Werther. In 1912, even though she was already an established lyric soprano, she made the time to travel to Paris and study with the famous Jean de Reszke, following this in 1913 with a long course of study under the great diva of the previous generation Marcella Sembrich. This Prima Voce release provides an insight into both her stage and concert career as well as a memento of the most important partnership in her life, that with the violinist Efrem Zimbalist.



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Review "I knew Alma Gluck's voice because she recorded a duet from La Traviata with Caruso, but apart from this, I had avoided her -- put off by her list of recordings, which tended to be of sentimental songs. Or so I thought. How I've changed my mind! Having heard her voice again on Earl Okin's internet radio show, I bought this disc and can only praise it. A voice of great beauty and intensity -- in fact, one of the most lovely natural voices I've ever heard. She sings lots of opera here (including La Sonnambula and Musetta in Boheme). And the songs are (for the most part) wonderful. The transfers are excellent for recordings made so long ago (by the acoustic process). This was, for me, a real vocal discovery and I look forward to hearing more of her." - Anonymous
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