The era of Giulio Gatti-Casazza as director of the Met between 1908 and 1935 was great for American singers. Among tenors, Riccardo Martin, Paul Althouse, Charles Hackett, Orville Harrold and Mario Chamlee all were able to hold their own against stiff competition from their European colleagues. As Archer Ragland Cholmondeley, Mario Chamlee was born in Los Angeles. The story of how he came to change his name is detailed in the program booklet. While he was studying in New York City, the United States entered World War I. He joined the Army and spent most of his time at the French front. After the War, he was hired by the MET, then went overseas to France where he was very popular particularly in the French repertoire. He came back to theRead more United States where he sang again at the MET and at the San Francisco Opera. His last performance was in 1938 at the MET where he sang in the premiere of Menotti's Amelia goes to the Ball. He settled in Los Angeles where for three decades he was a most sought after singing teacher. Read less
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