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Figure ALICE MERRITT-COCHRAN SOPRANO 113 Macon Street, Brooklyn ('Phone 2305-J Bedford) NEW YORK CITY RECENT PRESS OPINIONS Chère Madame: J'ai eu très grand plaisir à vous entendre et à vous donner quelques conseils sur certains airs de votre répertoire Français. Cela m'a permis d'admirer la qualité vraiment exceptionnelle de votre voix, votre style et l'enseignement que vous avez reçu dans cette bonne ville de New York dont j'ai gardé si bon souvenir. J. BOUHY. à Mme. Alice Merritt-Cochran. Paris, 4 Juillet, 1907. The Messiah, Syracuse Festival Chorus The star among the soloists of the evening was Alice Merritt-Cochran, the soprano, who may be said to have achieved a veritable triumph. Her voice is exquisite, clear, bird-like, and of unusual carrying power. In the beautiful aria, I Know That My Redeemer Liveth, she fairly carried the listeners off their feet with delight.— Syracuse Herald, Dec. 28, 1906. The wait for the soprano was long, but when she came the wait was worth while. With a voice like a bird, of velvety softness, with every note so rounded, so full, so true, so full of sympathy, it seemed indeed as though she fairly carried one away with her exquisite singing. She was equally at home with the brilliant aria, Rejoice Greatly, or that noble one, I know That My Redeemer Liveth.— Post-Standard, Syracuse, Dec. 28, 1906. The Messiah, Brooklyn Oratorio Society, Walter Henry Hall, Conductor Mrs. Alice Merritt-Cochran had consented to sing at short notice the soprano music of The Messiah, and she sang with ease and intelligence and proved herself competent for the requirements.— Brooklyn Times. Springfield, Mass., Concert Mrs. Alice Merritt-Cochran, of Brooklyn, a soprano of excellent quality and art, has a high voice, very clear and effective in the upper register, and sings with taste and feeling, and her selections were excellent. She was perhaps at her best in Liszt's superb song, Die Lorelei.— Springfield (Mass.) Republican. Concert, Brooklyn Institute The singer of the evening, Mrs. Alice Merritt-Cochran, a young Brooklyn soprano, proved to be an almost ideal Lieder singer, with the keenest musical sympathy and a sweet voice, with quite volume enough for any demands she made upon it. Such a perfect interpretation of the soul of Liszt's Lorelei as she gave is not heard from one singer in twenty. Brahms' Feldeinsamkeit was sung with exquisite tenderness and Schubert's Gretchen am Spinnrade was almost or quite as good. Mrs. Cochran also sang a group of English songs with the same beautiful voice and musical feeling.— Brooklyn (N. Y.) Eagle. Press Notices on Appearance at the Temple of Music, Pan-American Exposition The Buffalo Sunday Morning News said: Mrs. Cochran sang two arias, 'With Verdure Clad' (Haydn), and Mendelssohn's 'Hear Ye, Israel.' She has a voice of fine range and she sang effectively. 'With Verdure Clad' was especially well sung. An enthusiast wrote in glowing terms to the Buffalo Express in the following manner: She sang two numbers, 'With Verdure Clad,' and 'Hear Ye, Israel,' and the performance was a revelation. I will venture to say that a richer voice and a more marvelous technique have not been heard by musical critics in that auditorium. The young woman, Mrs. Alice Merritt-Cochran, sang the lighter passages with the rippling flexibility of a bird, while in the more trying passages of 'Elijah' her voice rose full and pure and true, filling every nook and corner of the crowded building. St. Christopher, Dr. Horatio Parker, Worcester, Mass. The soprano, Mrs. Alice Merritt-Cochran, has a truly pleasing voice, one chosen by Mr. Parker himself, to interpret the roles of Queen and Angel. This stamps her singing with the approval of the composer.— Worcester Evening Post. New Haven Oratorio Society, Dr. Parker, Conductor Of the soloists, Mrs. Alice Merritt-Cochran and Mr. Ericsson Bushnell were the favorites. The soprano solos were particularly clear and strong. Added to a perfect technique, she had a charm of manner and a delicacy of tone which was irresistible.— Chronicle, New Haven. Mrs. Cochran, the soprano, was warmly welcomed. Her voice is clear and flute-like and of good power.— New Haven Morning Journal and Courier. Handel's Israel in Egypt, Baltimore Oratorio Society, Joseph Pache, Conductor Mrs. Cochran, the soprano, possesses a good voice for oratorio and is a singer well suited to this class of music. She sang the aria, Thou Didst Blow, in a splendid manner, giving out her tones with a clearness and fluency that was very pleasing. Her announcement of the final chorus, Sing Ye to the Lord, was also exceedingly forceful and effective.— Baltimore (Md.) Herald. Prodigal Son Mrs. Cochran was heard chiefly in the difficult and somewhat thankless task of the many soprano recitations. In this part she did a great deal of hard work and did it well. Especially was this the case in the quasi-recitative, And He Arose, where to the accompaniment of string tremolo, the legato of any singer is put to the test. The high D at the end of the choral fanfare was beautifully taken.— Chautauqua Herald. Concert, Detroit, Mich. Mrs. Cochran, the soprano, became popular with her audience after the first note of her solo, the Il est doux, il est bon, from Massanet's Herodiade, and she left the stage at the end of the concert on thoroughly friendly terms with her hearers. Her voice is sweet, flexible and well modulated, and she enunciates with a refreshing distinctness, her French being intelligent and comprehensible. Her solo won an encore, and with the applause came a big bunch of pink roses.— Detroit Free-Press. Handel's Messiah Mrs. Cochran sang the difficult and impressive soprano solos in a way that did full justice to them. One of the chief satisfactions of her singing is her invariably clear and distinct enunciation. Besides the more solid qualities of her singing, these solos called for and were sung with a voice of great flexibility and excellent vocal technique.— Assembly Herald, Chautauqua, New York. Nashua Music Festival, Nashua, N. H. Mrs. Alice Merritt-Cochran, the soprano, who never before appeared in Nashua, has a voice of fine quality and sweetness and is well qualified for solo parts with heavy choruses. She took the highest tones without apparent effort.— Nashua Telegraph, May 4, 1906. Mrs. Cochran gave a group of three songs, which showed off to best advantage her rich soprano voice. She was loudly applauded on each of her three selections, and she is assured of a warm welcome should she appear here again.— Nashua (N. H.) Telegraph. Mrs. Cochran, with lovely voice and high musical art, displayed their entrancing beauties to a delighted audience, and proved herself an artist of rich attainments.— Mt. Vernon (N. Y.) Daily Argus, April 17, 1905. Concert, Plainfield, N. J. The soprano soloist was Mrs. Alice Merritt-Cochran, of New York, who had a voice of remarkable sweetness and purity. Her principal solos, Come Unto Him, and I Know that My Redeemer Liveth, which were among the most important and the most beautiful in the oratorio, were sung with ease and taste, as well as with much feeling.— Plainfield Daily Press. Concert, Detroit, Mich. Mrs. Cochran, the soprano, immediately won her audience by her charming rendition of Massenet's aria, Il est doux, il est bon, in which her pure, clear extraordinary voice was heard to splendid advantage.— Detroit (Mich.) To-Day. Concert, New Haven, Conn. Mrs. Cochran sang Liszt's Die Lorelei and Schubert's Gretchen am Spinnrade with fervor and dramatic intensity.— New Haven (Conn.) Palladium. Handel's Samson, Brooklyn Oratorio Society, Walter Henry Hall, Conductor Mrs. Cochran's beautiful voice was agreeably disclosed, and her singing was generally efficient for its obvious intelligence and good taste.— Brooklyn (N. Y.) Times. Mrs. Alice Merritt-Cochran was the soprano. She began lightly with the song of the Philistine woman, but her voice gained strength and firmness as she sang, and its lovely quality was heard to special advantage in Let the Bright Seraphim at the close.— Brooklyn (N. Y.) Eagle. Concert, Middletown Mrs. Alice Merritt-Cochran possesses a voice of splendid power, rich and full and sweet, and she has it under perfect control. She was heard with pleasure and admiration of every person present.— Middletown Tribune. Chautauqua, N. Y. Assembly Herald, Chautauqua, N. Y., says: The honors of the evening went to Mrs. Alice Merritt-Cochran, whose soprano voice, clear and silvery, was never heard to better advantage here than in the sweet melodies which are the most artistic portion of the opera. Arion Concert, Brooklyn, N. Y. Brooklyn Freie Press (translation): Mrs. Cochran's beautiful soprano voice is under perfect control, and elicited great applause by her singing of the Cavatina from the 'Queen of Sheba,' also the well-known serenade of Strauss and Schubert's 'Gretchen at the Sprinning Wheel.' Gounod's Redemption Mrs. Cochran's best work was in the soprano of Lovely Appear and in the soprano obligatos of some of the choruses. Her voice is especially adapted to the latter, being of a quality that has no difficulty in dominating an orchestra, organ and the entire chorus.— Assembly Herald, Chautauqua, New York. Handel's Israel in Egypt Mrs. Cochran has a fine voice. She sang the ungrateful work allotted her with considerable authority.— Baltimore Evening News. Concert, Ridgewood, N. J. Mrs. Cochran combines a delightfully pure, fresh voice of wide range with perfect artistic taste.— Concert, Ridgewood, N. J. Ocean Grove, N. J. Judicious selection had been made of the soloists, with the result that these parts were finely rendered. Mrs. Cochran, soprano, reached her high notes clear, strong and true, showing her to be a vocalist of rare ability.— Asbury Park Morning Press. Concert, New Haven, Conn. Mrs. Cochran, the soprano, has a voice of beautiful quality and sang with taste.— New Haven Morning Journal. Concert, New York City, N. Y. Mrs. Cochran met all the demands that eye and ear claim for a singer. Her voice is pure and sweet and her singing notable for intelligence and sympathy.— Musical Courier, January 4, 1905. Concert-Goer Her voice is of really lovely quality, particularly in the mezzo voce, which she used with beautiful effect throughout Brahms's Feldeinsamkeit. Besides this, Mrs. Cochran's first group consisted of the Lorelei of Liszt, and Schubert's pathetic Gretchen am Spinnrade, all songs of unusual difficulty. Any singer who can paint the dramatic moods of Liszt's song, and grasp the atmosphere of Gretchen's touching lament, as successfully as did Mrs. Cochran, is worthy of the applause which the audience bestowed on her on this occasion.— Concert-Goer.
|Title||Alice Merritt-Cochran: soprano|
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|Personal Name Subject||Merritt-Cochran, Alice|
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