My mother, Dr. Pearl M. Sampson, sang the role of Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with the Chicago Lyric Opera in the mid-1920s. This was during the time she was attending medical school in Chicago. My son, Reid, found this on the Internet: Dame Joan Sutherland “Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante” Micaëla’s aria in Bizet’s […]
My mother Dr. Pearl Marie Sampson’s all-time favorite opera aria: Depuis le Jour, from the opera Louise by Gustave Charpentier. This 1976 recording is by Romanian soprano Ileana Cotrubaș.
Year: 1954 Age: 14 Location: Bayreuth, Germany While visiting Europe for 6 months with my mother, Dr. Pearl Marie Sampson. Grand operas by Wagner: – Tannhäuser – Tristan & Isolde – Lohengrin I watched all three operas over a 5-day period and was speechless for 3 days afterward. I instantly fell in love with grand […]