J on This Day: 9 July 1922

9 JULY 1922: Ninety-nine years ago today, J was in Louisville, Kentucky, preparing to open in a production of The Bohemian Girl. The opera, by M.W. Balfe and Alfred Bunn, premiered in 1843.

J had the starring role of Arline, which gave her the opportunity to sing several arias, including the pivotal and well-known “I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls.”

According to the (Louisville) Courier-Journal, J “has a winsome personality and a clear, warm, appealing voice which will be heard to excellent advantage.” The opera opened on Monday, July 10, 1922.

Here is a famous version of “I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls” sung by Dame Joan Sutherland.

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