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May Ester Peterson
Birth: Oct. 7, 1880
Oshkosh
Winnebago County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Oct. 8, 1952
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA

Opera Singer. A soprano, she had a significant career in both Europe and the United States in the years around 1920. Raised in Wisconsin, the child of a Methodist minister, she was singing in church by age four, and later studied at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. Traveling to Europe, she financed further education by giving recitals and teaching English; after a two year stay in Florence, Italy, she went to Berlin, and thence in 1913 to Paris where she studied with and served as accompanist for the great Polish tenor-turned-teacher Jean de Reszke. At the onset of World War I, Peterson returned home and gave a series of recitals before going back to Paris. She made her Opera-Comique debut as the title heroine of Jules Massenet's "Manon", and was also seen as Leo Delibes' "Lakme". When America entered the conflict, she entertained the troops at various camps, and in 1918 joined New York's Metropolitan Opera. Peterson was heard at the venerable house over the next six seasons in a variety of roles including Mimi in Puccini's "La Boheme" and Micaela from Georges Bizet's "Carmen". During her Metropolitan days, she continued singing benefit performances for the Methodist Church, but retired from the operatic stage following her 1924 marriage to noted soldier and attorney Ernest O. Thompson. The couple resided in Amarillo, Texas, and later in Austin, while May maintained her career as a recitalist for a time. She died a week after suffering a stroke. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
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  Ernest Othmer Thompson (1892 - 1966)*
 
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Burial:
Texas State Cemetery
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA
 
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Record added: Aug 12, 2010
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May Ester Peterson
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May Ester Peterson
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There's a party in your honor, on New Years' Eve 2015 at The Amarillo Building.A group of actors are doing a living history of your life and Ernest O. Thompson.
- Rene Reynolds Sharrock
 Added: Dec. 23, 2015
Happy October birthday!
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 Added: Oct. 7, 2015

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