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Marguerite Namara Edit Profile


Marguerite Namara, American soprano.


Namara, Marguerite was born on November 19, 1893 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Daughter of William Arthur and Marguerite (McNamara) Banks.


Student Ursuline Academy, Cleveland, O., 1901-1903. Girls Collegiate Institute, Los Angeles, 1905-1908. Studied singing under Jean de Reszke.

Coached with Melba, deBussy, Julia Culp.


1 son, Frederick N.; married second, Guy Bolton, June 1917. 1 daughter, Peggy; married 3d, George Hoy, February 22, 1936. Debut in Faust, Genoa, Italy, 1909.

In concerts with Caruso, Amato, Godowsky, many others. With John Charles Thomas in Alone At Last, 1917. Soloist with leading symphony orchestras of Europe and United States.

Toured with London Symphony under Sir Landon Ronald, 1921-1922. With St. Louis Symphony under Rudolph Ganz, 1922. With Minneapolis Symphony under Doctor Emile Oberhoeffer.

With Chicago Opera Association, 1919-1922. With Opera Comique, Paris, 1923-1925 (principal roles, Thais, Manon, Traviata, La Boheme, Tosca, Carmen). In Mikado and Pinafore, New York City, 1925-1926.

Concertized Paris, England and United States, 1926-1929. On London stage in Ivor Novello’s “Party,” 1932. Starred in film based on life of Carmen, British International Pictures, 1932.

First British musical film. Concerts, guest opera performances, legitimate stage (Enter Madame and Lo and Behold) and American films (Thirty Day Princess and Peter Ibbetson), 1933-1936. Concerts Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, New York City, 1936-1939.

Featured in Night of Love, musical play, season 1940-1941. Prima donna in Claudia, 1941-1943. Boston, New York concerts, 1943-1944.

Also benefits, war-time concerts in South and East. Concerts in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, 1946, 1947. Concerts and exhbns. paintings in Paris and London, spring 1947.

Exhibition paintings, November 1945, Art League, New York. Concerts in New York and Pacific Coast. London, Paris; teaching voice placement and interpretation.

Address: Marbella, Spain.


Married Frederick H. Toye, January 10, 1910.; married second, Guy Bolton, June 1917.; married 3d, George Hoy, February 22, 1936.

William Arthur Banks

Marguerite (McNamara) Banks

Frederick H. Toye

Guy Bolton

George Hoy