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Florence Kirk

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, US in 1909. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1931 having studied music and education. She went on to study music at the Curtis Institute of Music. In 1937 she debuted at the New Amsterdam Theater (New York) in the leading role in Gianacarlo Menotti's Amelia goes to the ball [Amelia al ballo]. In 1937-1938, as a member of the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company, she appeared, among others, as Ines [The troubadour/Il trovatore] and in the title role in Aida. In the late '30s she regularly collaborated with the New Opera New York. During the 1940's she was a standard performer of the Charles L. Wagner opera company. In 1942 she recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra Felix Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream under Arturo Toscanini, with whom she collaborated repeatedly also with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1944 she made her Metropolitan Opera New York debut as Donna Anna [Don Giovanni] under George Szell. She continued her collaboration with this theatre until 1948, standing out for her role as Aida. Outside of the US, she sang at the Colón Theatre Buenos Aires and the Rio De Janeiro Municipal Theatre. In 1954 she retired and devoted herself to teaching singing until the end of her life. She collaborated with the GNO twice as Leonore [Fidelio] (Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 1949/50) and Floria Tosca [Tosca] (Olympia Theater, 1950/51). She died in Maryland on 6/6/1999.