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1927 Figure LOUISE STALLINGS LOUISE STALLINGS MISS LOUISE STALLINGS, is a singer of real merit. She is one of few singers who received none but favorable comment from the New York critics when she gave her Aeolian Hall recital in 1926. They were impressed not only by her rich, mellow voice, but by her intelligence and interpretive abilities as well. Her facility in the foreign languages is extraordinary, since Miss Stallings is an American and has received all of her musical training in this country. Her nationality is always a topic of interest to her listeners since when singing French songs she might well be taken for a French girl, or when singing Spanish, could easily be taken for Spanish; but Miss Stallings is proud of her nationality because she has American Indian ancestors. This popular young artist came to New York from Illinois when she at once secured the solo position in a New York Church—a position which she still retains. She has sung in many of the country clubs, including the Sleepy Hollow and Westchester-Biltmore Clubs and in private musicales in the homes of well known New Yorkers including those of Mrs. J. West Roosevelt, Mrs. John Henry Hammond, Mrs. Willard Straight and Mrs. Frank Vanderlip. This young artist has also toured the States, receiving the highest praise for her sincere work and highly artistic, unhackneyed and well balanced programs. Miss Stallings has shared programs with many eminent artists, including, among others, Felix Salmond, 'cellist; Percy Grainger, Germaine Schnitzer, Nyiregyhazi, and Hans Barth, pianists; John Charles Thomas and Louis Graveure, baritones; Lewis Richards, harpsichordist, and Salvi, harpist. SUCCESS IN ELIJAH WITH BRIDGEPORT ORATORIO SOCIETY AND NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, Bridgeport Telegram, April 21st —Miss Stallings' voice flowed in a golden stream as she sang the very famous 'Hear ye, Israel.' With equal ease and beauty she accomplished the arias of pure lyrical range and those of dramatic quality. Bridgeport Post, April 21st —Miss Stallings carried her part with ease and assurance and showed that she is not only familiar with oratorio work but is the possessor of a beautiful voice which added much to the pleasure of the evening. Available for Concert and Oratorio. Management Redpath Bureau Boston-New York-Chicago. PRESS OPINIONS FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK TIMES —Louise Stallings, a young singer with an attractive presence and a warmly tinted voice, gave a recital of considerable charm at Aeolian Hall last night. Miss Stallings sang with expression, with inward meaning, and gave the key to each song by a few preliminary words, always appropriate and in good taste. Her German group immediately placed her high in the estimation of the audience, while the Handel air from 'Samson' was sung with classic phrasing and spirited animation. NEW YORK TRIBUNE —Miss Stallings sang with a voice of pleasing quality, clear and smooth. It was singing showing experience with considerable style and expressive ability; the Handel number gave an impression of being ABLY HANDLED. She disclosed a real talent for the interpretation of songs. NEW YORK SUN —A programme which might well be taken as a model for charm and diversity introduced Louise Stallings, soprano, in Aeolian Hall yesterday afternoon. Miss Stallings, young, slim, and a vivid personality in equally vivid costume, has the knack of finding and feeding her audience with picturesqueness. Her voice in its lower and middle register is pleasing—her interpretations are full of vitality and drama. She was at her cleverest in the modern French group, where an excellent diction was her aid. NEW YORK AMERICAN —Louise Stallings is a singer of charm and a programme maker of originality. A mezzo-soprano who possesses intelligence, style and the gift of conveying the meaning of every word to her audience, she devoted these qualities to a programme far removed from the beaten path. Her outstanding number, however, was 'Let the Bright Seraphim,' from Handel's 'Samson,' read with splendid power and significance, crystal clear diction and a fine sense of the dramatic. IRVING WEIL, IN THE NEW YORK JOURNAL —Miss Stallings' singing was one of those things that occasionally reward the patient, if reluctant reviewer who perforce listens in the course of a season to a hundred and one ambitious but talentless young persons that have temporarily chosen the voice instead of babies as a vocation. Immediately she created the impression that she knew how to do what she was doing. There was an exquisite touch, for instance, to her singing of Caccini's lovely lyric, 'Amarilli mia bella.' PRESS OPINIONS FROM CHICAGO CHICAGO AMERICAN, HERMAN DEVRIES —There were standees at the Kimball Hall recital of Louise Stallings last night, fitting tribute to a charming personality and a melodious voice. The term mezzo-soprano applied to Miss Stallings' organ is insufficient, since she depends more upon the sympathy and artistry of her interpretations, the color and timbre of the tone, rather than upon the exploits of range and volume. These mentioned qualities are vastly in her favor. She gives pleasure because she understands nuance and atmosphere. One cannot wish to hear lovelier mezza-voce effects, nor diction more remarkable, in both German and Italian, displayed in the Figaro aria, 'Dove Sono,' and her first group of songs. CHICAGO HERALD AND EXAMINER —She is an exceptionally intelligent and sympathetic interpreter of songs, at home in French, German, English and Spanish. She has charm, personality and rare poise. CHICAGO NEWS —In the German songs, Miss Stallings presented an emotional style, a clear enunciation and a voice which has a high range, a pleasant quality and an intelligent treatment of the works under discussion. She gave a short English translation to each song before she sang it, and she displayed a very agreeable stage presence. CHICAGO JOURNAL —Louise Stallings, who sang at Kimball Hall last night, was a pleasant singer because one enjoyed her diction, her appreciation of words, the quality of her voice and her composure. She disclosed extremely polished taste in her performance, no less than in her choice of one of the finest vocal programs of the year. John Doane assisted in a capably given recital, the motto of which seemed to be, 'This is Art.' PRESS COMMENTS FROM OTHER CITIES BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE —Louise Stallings, mezzo-soprano, gave a recital in Aeolian Hall last evening before an audience which responded enthusiastically to her fine singing of a programme originally composed and entertaining. Miss Stallings has a voice remarkable for its clarity and fullness of tone. Her lower and medium registers were best, though her high tones were attacked and sustained with ease and brilliance. In modern songs by French and Spanish Composers she was most appreciated. An unfamiliar Handel aria with trumpet obbligato was well accomplished. MISS STALLINGS DELIGHTFUL IN RECITAL WARREN WILMER BROWN, IN THE BALTIMORE NEWS —A large audience attended the concert given at the Lyric, Monday night, by Louise Stallings, mezzo-soprano, of New York City. Miss Stallings created a decidedly favorable impression. She is a young singer, who, in addition to a well-placed voice of lovely quality, possesses a style that shows her to be intelligent, skilfully trained, and wholly independent of tricks. BALTIMORE SUN —Miss Stallings proved herself to be an unusually interesting singer. She has a voice of attractive quality with splendid breath control, while her voice is so well placed and her tones so well produced that even her extreme upper tones sounded almost as round and full as those of her middle and lower registers, a point none too frequently met with in mezzo-sopranos. HARTFORD (CONN.) DAILY COURANT —Miss Stallings has great charm of personality and manner, her graceful translations of her foreign language songs are most pleasing. She has every elegance of diction in whatever language she sings and is the possessor of a voice that, although of moderate power, is sweet and most admirably placed. QUEBEC (CANADA) CHRONICLE-TELEGRAPH —Miss Stallings' stage presence is particularly pleasing. She brings with her to the platform a freshness and verve, and an apparent joy in her art that are extremely captivating, and these are merely adjuncts of a remarkably true and perfectly trained lyric mezzo-soprano voice, with many exquisite notes. To these must be added the somewhat unusual charm of the clearest diction in several languages and a fine sense of the dramatic. INDIANAPOLIS (IND.) NEWS —Her voice has a lovely, rich, warm quality—an almost caressing tenderness—during pianissimo passages. There is a great deal of brilliancy and dramatic ability for a lyric voice. The exquisiteness of her notes were pronounced, varied in their color and easily shaded. Her program was presented with thorough musicianship. The Dutch Serenade by deLange, a song of extremely long phrases, was sung perfectly by Miss Stallings. MILWAUKEE (WIS.) SENTINEL —Miss Stallings proved herself an excellent linguist and a singer of understanding and good interpretative powers. Her voice is powerful and her pianissimo passages are lovely and delicate in quality. SAVANNAH (GA.) MORNING NEWS —Louise Stallings heard. Chief charm lies in her naturalness and entire absence of mannerisms. Program was fortunately chosen,—afforded her opportunity to show the brilliance and beauty of the quality of her voice. The simpler numbers she treated with a sympathy and lightness of expression which was charming. LOUISVILLE (KY.) COURIER —Miss Stallings proved to be an artist of high gifts and attainments. She has a voice of beautiful timbre, full of warmth and color and of great carrying power. Her method and style are beyond reproach; to listen to her faultless phrasing and delicate shading was a delight to musician and layman alike. Presented a worthy programme. DENVER (COLO.) POST —Louise Stallings proved to be an intelligent singer. She is a soprano whose voice was shown to good advantage in an aria from 'Mignon.'
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