La Seridan: Adorable Diva, Margaret Burke Sheridan

Written by Anne Chambers.

La Seridan: Adorable Diva La Sheridan, as she became known to enthusiastic opera fans throughout Europe, was born Margaret Burke Sheridan in the town of Castlebar in Ireland. From 1918 until her sudden retirement from the stage of grand opera in 1930, she gave legendary performances in the great opera houses of La Scala, San Carlo, Rome Opera House, Covent Garden, Monte Carlo...

Orphaned as a young child, her rise to fame is a story of success and of misfortune, of romance and tempestuousness, of a fiery and formidable exterior, concealing a vulnerable and lonely person.

Discovered by Marconi, tutored by Puccini, dubbed the 'Empress of Ireland' by Toscanini, sharing the stage with such stars as Gigli, Pertile, Stabile, Badini, Lauri Volpi, Toti del Monte, Eva Turner and revered by critics and opera lovers around the world, Margaret Burke Sheridan was a complex woman and a prima donna in the true sense.



'A first-rate biography from Anne Chambers…The appeal of the book is not merely for opera-lovers - for whom it is a must - but also for the general reader.' Irish Post.

'an engaging and indeed quite gripping book. It brings to life a powerful personality who steps from the pages with an imperious and temperamental swagger concealing the highly vulnerable and sensitive artist who hides beneath.'' Alpha

'an absorbing book that also fills in the background to the career with a loving care for detail.' Opera

The book was the subject of a major documentary, BRIEF BUTTERFLY, filmed on location in Ireland, England, and Italy and broadcast by RTE in 1989.

 La Seridan: Adorable Diva By Anne Chambers, Published by MERLIN PUBLISHING/WOLFHOUND PRESS, Newmarket Hall, Cork Street, Dublin 8, Ireland.

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