Performance Record

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Margery Mayer Performance Highlights


Opera Companies:
* NYCO – New York City Opera Company -
Début in 1946 Puccini's in Madama Butterfly (with Camilla Williams)
15 roles & 65 performances over 10 year period.1st Performances: Madama Butterfly ('46), Eugene Onegin ('46), Love for
(Seasons: 1946, ’49, ’50, ’51, ’52, ’53, ’54, ‘55)Three Oranges ('49), Meistersinger ('50), Falstaff ('54), Golden Slippers ('55);
(Conductors: Halasz, Morel, Rosenstock, Rudel,
First Productions: Dybbuk ('51) and Amahl and the Night Visitors ('52);
Schippers, Serafin, Thomas)United States Premiere: Wolf-Ferrari - The Four Ruffians ('51).
* SCO – San Carlo Opera Company – Début Tour of 1943 ; then pan-USA / Canadian Tour of 1944 to '45.
(Seasons: 1943, ’44, ’45, ’50, ’55)Miss Mayer received consistently positive acclaim for her singing and acting
(Conductors: Buckley, Peroni, Rescigno, Schick)in more than 70 leading role performances as Carmen, Amneris & Azuchena.
* CCO – Chicago Civic (City) Opera Company – Début in 1938 in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman (with Lawrence Tibbett)
(Seasons: 1938, ’39, ’41, ’42, ’45)At age 20, Mayer sang in six operas her début season, including the Lakmé duet
(Conds.: Cleva, E. Cooper, McArthur, Peroni, Weber)with Lily Pons and as Walküre sibling (Schwertleite) to Flagstad's Brünnhilde.
*  Other Opera Companies and Venues:  
– Pittsburgh Opera (Karp; 1954, ’55, ’56, ‘58)Wagner - Lohengrin (Ortrude) with Steber, The Mask Ball (Ulrica)
– Richmond Opera (Moresco; ‘59) Bizet - Carmen; Verdi - Il Trovatore (Azucena) with Farrell
– Empire State Music Festival (Halasz; ‘58) Pizzetti - Murder in the Cathedral in Carnegie Hall (US Premiere)
– Cleveland Musicarnival (Kogan; ‘58)Douglas - Ballad of Baby Doe (Augusta), 7 performances with Sills, Cassel
– Montreal Opera Guild (E. Cooper; ‘58)Verdi - Falstaff (Dame Quickly) in Her Majesty's Theatre
– Grant Park Opera   (Leinsdorf; ‘49)Puccini - Madame Butterfly (Suzuki) with Williams (130 thousand attending)
– NYCC Music & Drama (Menotti directing; ’48-‘49)Menotti - The Medium (Mme Flora) ten performances; Bdway revival
Symphony Orchestra Soloist:
* New York Philharmonic (Mitropoulos; ‘58) Strauss - Elektra - 2 performances in Carnegie Hall
* Buffalo Symphony Orchestra (Steinberg, ‘53) Verdi - Requiem (in Kleinhans Music Hall)
* Houston Symphony & Chorus (Kurtz, ‘49)Beethoven - Ninth Symphony
* Fort Wayne Symphony (Buketoff, ‘49)Honegger - La Danse des Morts (US Premiere)
* Chicago Symphony Ensemble (Hindemith, ’45)Hindemith - Die Junge Magd (composer conducting)
* Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (Defaux, ‘45)Beethoven - Ninth Symphony 2 performances in Orchestra Hall
* Montreal Symphony (Pelletier, ‘44)Bach - St. Matthew Passion in Her Majesty's Theatre
Television/Radio Opera Broadcasts:
* ABC Television "Omnibus" Opera Series (‘57) Douglas - Ballad of Baby Doe (Mama McCourt) - TV premiere
* NBC "Television Opera Theatre" (Adler, ‘57) Prokofiev - War and Peace (Matriosha) - TV premiere
* NBC "Television Opera Theatre" (‘51) Puccini - The Cloak "Il Tabarro", (La Frugola) - TV premiere
* WOR "Opera Theatre" at the Longacre Theater (‘52) Verdi - Il Trovatore (Azuchena); Strauss Der Rosenkavalier (Octavian)
* NBC "Serenade To America" (Katims, Pelletier ’45, ‘46)Soloist on six broadcasts; Arias and Songs with NBC Symphony
* WGN-Mutual "Theater of the Air " (Weber, ’38, ’39)Wagner Lohengrin (Ortrude) & Massenet Samson et Delila (Delila)
Pops, Stage and Hymn Shows:
* Buffalo Pops Orchestra (Solomen, ‘53)Featured soloist: Arias from Carmen and Songs (recorded)
* Radio City Music Hall Stage Show (’51)Staged Scenes from Bizet’s Carmen (50 stage shows)
* Radio City Music Hall Holiday Pageant (’50, ’51)Soloist for Glory of Easter “Komenoi Ostrow” (2 seasons; 150 shows)
* WOR "Let's go to the Opera" (Sherman ‘46)Friml Hueguette's Waltz; Flotow Martha Spinning Wheel Quartet
* Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra & Male Chorus (’44)Brahms Alto Rhapsody & Songs (recorded)
* WGN-Mutual "Hymns Of All Churches" (’39 – ’43)Professional choral soloist; coast-to-coast broadcasts each weekday


Margery Mayer Opera Performance Summary


1Carmen BizetCarmen4613861w Martinelli '45
2Carmen BizetMércèdes6411w Swarthout '39
3LouiseCharpentierGertrude33w Grace Moore '39
4LakméDelibesMallika11w Lily Pons '38
5Ballad of Baby DoeDouglasAugusta77w Sills, Cassel & Krebs '58
6Ballad of Baby Doe DouglasMama McCourt11ABC Omnibus TV premiere '57
8Andrea ChenierGiordanoContessa di Coigny22
GounodSiébel743w Pinza '38; Kipnis '42
10Roméo et JulietteGounodStephano22
11Hänsel und GretelHumperdinkSandman11
12Cavalleria RusticanaMascagniLola312
13Amahl & the Night Visitors
MenottiMother312NYCO 1st Production '52
14The Medium MenottiMme. Flora (Baba)1010Broadway Revival '48-'49
15L'Amore dei Tre ReMontemezziHand-maiden11
16The Marriage of FigaroMozartMarchelina22
17The Tales of HoffmanOffenbachNicklausse33Chicago Opera Début '38
18The Tales of Hoffman OffenbachThe Mother33
19Murder in the Cathedral Pizzetti2nd Corifea11US Premiere
20The Love for Three Oranges ProkofievClarissa1313NYCO 1st Performance
21Il TabarroPucciniLa Frugola11NBC Opera Theatre TV premiere '52
22Madama Butterfly PucciniSuzuki16106NYCO Début '46
23ToscaPucciniShepherd Boy321
24Samson et DelilaSaint-SaensDelila22Nationwide Radio Broadcast '39
25ElektraStrauss1st Magd22NY Phil. (Mitropoulos), Carnegie '58
26The DybbukTamkinElderly Woman55NYCO 1st Production
27Eugene Onegin
TchaikovskyOlga22NYCO 1st Performance (In Russian)
28The Golden Slippers
TchaikovskySolocha22NYCO 1st Performance
29War and PeaceTchaikovskyMatriosha11NBC Opera Theatre TV premiere '57
30Aïda VerdiAmneris3012081w Treigle '53
VerdiDame Quickly321NYCO 1st Performance
32Il Trovatore VerdiAzucena203134w Warren'45; w Farrell '60
VerdiEmilia211w Martinelli '39
34Rigoletto VerdiMaddalena8332w Tibbett '42
35The Masked Ball
VerdiUlrica22Pittsburgh Opera (Karp) '55
36Die Meistersinger
WagnerMagdalena55NYCO 1st Performance
37Die WalküreWagnerSchwertleite22w Kipnis & Manski '38;
w Flagstad & Bampton '39
38LohengrinWagnerOrtrude33w Steber '54
39The Four Ruffians Wolf-FerrariMargarita22US Premiere