Educated International Institute, and Lyceum High School, Milan. Studied piano, composition and harmony at Royal Conservatory, Milan, and was appointed professor in Conservatory, upon graduation, at 19. Self taught as vocalist.
January 1920); married second, Homer Samuels, January 15, 1921. Debut as Gilda in “Rigoletto,” at Costanzi Theatre, Rome, 1909. And later appeared in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain.
Toured smaller cities in Italy and spent several seasons in S. American. Debut in the United States with Chicago Opera Association at Auditorium, as Gilda, in “Rigoletto” November 18, 1916. Reengaged for 9 seasons.
New York debut, at Lexington Opera House, January 27, 1918, in title role of “Dinorah,” under auspices Chicago Opera Association Debut with Metropolitan Opera Company, November 14, 1920, as Violetta in “La Traviata.” Repertorie: “Dinorah,” Gilda in “Rigoletto,” Juliette in “Romeo et Juliette,” Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor,” Lakme in “Lakme,” Mimi in “La Boheme,” Elvira in “I Puritani,” Lelia in “The Pearl Fishers”. Address: Los Angeles.
Married Marquis Luigi Curci of Simeri (artist), February 24, 1910 (divorced January 1920). Married second, Homer Samuels, January 15, 1921.