Marjorie Lawrence

Marjorie Florence Lawrence CBE (17 February 1907 – 13 January 1979) was an Australian soprano, particularly noted as an interpreter of Richard Wagner's operas. She was the first Metropolitan Opera soprano to perform the immolation scene in Götterdämmerung by riding her horse into the flames as Wagner had intended. She was afflicted by polio from 1941. Lawrence later served on the faculty of the School of Music at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Her life story was told in the 1955 film Interrupted Melody, in which she was portrayed by Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Lawrence.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1907 (Victoria), Died January 10, 1979 (Little Rock)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-035586 10-in. 4/13/1939 Doun the burn Marjorie Lawrence Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-036929 10-in. 5/10/1939 Stimme der Sehnsucht Marjorie Lawrence ; Felix Wolfes Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-036930 10-in. 5/10/1939 Die Einsame Marjorie Lawrence ; Felix Wolfes Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-036931 10-in. 5/10/1939 Danny boy Marjorie Lawrence ; Felix Wolfes Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor CS-036949 12-in. 5/15/1939 O ma lyre immortelle Marjorie Lawrence ; Felix Wolfes Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor CS-036950 12-in. 5/15/1939 La procession Marjorie Lawrence ; Felix Wolfes Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-050887 10-in. 5/29/1940 Still as the night Marjorie Lawrence ; Felix Wolfes Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-050888 10-in. 5/29/1940 My ain folk Marjorie Lawrence ; Felix Wolfes Orchestra vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-050889 10-in. 5/29/1940 Gesang Weylas Marjorie Lawrence Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor CS-050890 10-in. 5/29/1940 Danny boy Marjorie Lawrence ; Felix Wolfes Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor CS-051200 12-in. 5/31/1940 Des Dichters Abendgang Marjorie Lawrence ; Felix Wolfes Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor BS-051201 10-in. 5/31/1940 Michaelskirchplatz Marjorie Lawrence ; Felix Wolfes Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor CS-051208 12-in. 6/1/1940 Lied an meinen Sohn Marjorie Lawrence ; Felix Wolfes Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  
Victor CS-051209 12-in. 6/1/1940 Annie Laurie Marjorie Lawrence ; Felix Wolfes Soprano vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lawrence, Marjorie," accessed December 2, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/354932.

Lawrence, Marjorie. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/354932.

"Lawrence, Marjorie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 2 December 2022.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/354932

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