The Incomparable Butterfly
THE diminutive Japanese prima donna first became known to American audiences during the war, when, following her début in London as Madame Butterfly, she made her American début in the same rôle with Chicago Grand Opera Co. Then in Puccini's Iris, and recently created the name part in the Franchetti prize opera, Namiko San, with Chicago Civic Opera, and later toured the entire country in it.
In Europe for study in 1914, she went from Germany to England when war broke out, and made her concert début at Albert Hall, London, with Madame Adelina Patti, before the King and Queen and an audience of 23,000 people. Incidentally, it was the last concert of the great Patti, and a treasured memory of the occasion for the little Japanese is the thrill of her first kiss which the great diva bestowed on her.
No one of her race has won more laurels than she in all countries of the globe—Italy, Spain, France, England, Central and South America, the United States, Canada, and the Imperial Theater in her own Japan. She has sung for the Kings and Queens of England and Spain, Emperor of Japan, President Millerand of France, and Presidents Wilson and Harding of the United States.
She has toured all of America in opera, and has sung in all the important cities of America on Star Concert Courses, including Evanston Festival, Boston Symphony, Roosevelt Morning Musicales, and in concert with Caruso at the Metropolitan Opera House.
She has also appeared in light opera with great success.
Madame Miura has all the exotic charm and simplicity of the Orient in her make-up and her voice has the quality demanded by the music of the western hemisphere. She is an accomplished linguist, speaking and singing in many tongues, and has several compositions and adaptations to her credit.
From coast to coast, there is no more popular singing artist than Tamaki Miura. Always a social favorite wherever she goes, with her gentle, quaint personality and kindliness, she wins the love and admiration of all fortunate enough to meet her.
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