Opera News, November 20, 1915
By Doug Boilesen, 2020
Lucrezia Bori has been identified by scholars (1) as a prototype used by Cather in her opera related story Scandal, i.e., the prototype for the "Spanish woman."
Besides starring on the opera stage Bori made phonograph records and was seen in advertisements which added her celebrity status, artistic reputation, and the prestige of opera to the promotion of the early phonograph.
The Phonographia gallery Willa Cather's Opera Prototypes who were Recording Artists provides an overview with examples and ephemera related to Cather's six opera related prototypes: FARRAR, FREMSTAD, NORDICA, GARDEN, SCHUMANN-HEINK and BORI.
This gallery provides examples focused on Lucrezia Bori and her popular culture role as seen in advertisements and other ephemera.
Lucrezia Bori promoted as famous artist making records for the Edison Diamond Disc Phonograph, newspaper ad in El Paso Morning Times, October 5, 1915
To listen to Ah! fors' e lui - La traviata performed by Lucrezia Bori, August 1910 Courtesy of NPS object catalog number EDIS 87690-a
Lucrezia Bori, Photograph (Courtesy Wurlitzer-Bruck and available for purchase)
Lucrezia Bori, Geraldine Farrar, Mme. Schumann-Heink
Farrar, Schumann-Heink and Bori, The Ladies' Home Journal, September 1919
Lucrezia Bori, The Ladies' Home Journal, April 1925
Lucrezia Bori entry in A CATALOGUE OF MUSIC by International Artistes
BEING A LIST OF "HIS MASTER'S VOICE" CELEBRITY GRAMOPHONE RECORDS" ca. 1920
Courtesy The British Library
September 6, 1934 Morning Post