Braslau, Sophie

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Braslau, Sophie

Braslau, Sophie American contralto; b. N.Y., Aug. 16, 1892; d. there, Dec. 22, 1935. She studied with Arturo Buzzi-Peccia. On Nov. 27, 1913, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y as the voice in Parsifal, followed by her formal debut there the next day as Fyodor in Boris Godunov; remained on its roster until 1920, creating Cadman’s Shanewis on March 23, 1918. She gave concerts throughout the U.S., and in 1931 made a tour of Europe. In 1934 she sang for the last time in N.Y.

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