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 Lila Pauline Robeson

Lila Pauline Robeson

Birth
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 7 Dec 1960 (aged 80)
Euclid, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Burial Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 1 Lot 354
Memorial ID 22525 · View Source
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Operatic Contralto. Born in Cleveland, Ohio to William and Sarah McIlrath Robeson, she graduated from Western Reserve University in 1902. She then traveled to New York where she studied voice in with Isidore Luckstone and received opera training from Oscar Saenger. She made her operatic debut with the Aborn Opera Company in Boston on April 4, 1911 as Ortrud in 'Lohengrin.' She made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 1912 as the Witch in 'Koenigskinder.' She was one of the first Americans to succeed in opera without European training or experience. She was well versed in Wagnerian opera, and sang all the leading roles. She was noted for the highly unusual ability to step on stage and sing any of 60 operatic parts in her repertoire without rehearsal. In 1922, after 142 performances and a decade as a star with the Metropolitan Opera, she returned to Cleveland where she taught voice. In 1923, The Cleveland Opera Company, then in only it's second season, mounted 'Il Trovatore' featuring her. She retired after a long career of teaching voice at Cleveland area schools.

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  • Added: 28 May 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22525
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lila Pauline Robeson (4 Apr 1880–7 Dec 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22525, citing Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .