English, Department of


Date of this Version

December 1913


This document was prepared from materials online at the Willa Cather Archive http://cather.unl.edu/writings/nonfiction/index.html


"THREE women are at this moment dominating the most critical audience and the most splendid operatic stage in the world— the Metropolitan Opera House of New York. One of these women came out of a new, crude country, fought her way against every kind of obstacle, and conquered by sheer power of will and character. One of them has lived a sort of fairy-tale of good fortune from the time she began to sing. Each one has achieved a supremely individual success. The careers of these three great singers make one of the most interesting stories in the history of American achievement."

Willa Cather's 1913 article on Louise Homer, Geraldine Farrar, and Olive Fremstad is supplemented with photographs and links to online sound recordings.