Marjorie Lawrence: The world at her feet

The Australian soprano’s artistry, courage, and tenacity
Sharmill Films
by
ABR Arts 07 December 2021

Marjorie Lawrence: The world at her feet

The Australian soprano’s artistry, courage, and tenacity
Sharmill Films
by
ABR Arts 07 December 2021
Marjorie Lawrence, 12 June 1939 (Wikimedia Commons)
Marjorie Lawrence, 12 June 1939 (Wikimedia Commons)

Say the words ‘Australian opera singer’ and most people, if any names were to surface at all, would nominate Nellie Melba or Joan Sutherland. But for a country with a small population, Australia, since Melba’s début in 1887 at the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, has consistently punched above its weight in the production of successful classical singers. In the 1950s and 1960s, both Covent Garden and London’s alternative opera company, Sadler’s Wells, were studded with Australian singers, while in Paris, Menindee-born Lance Ingram, under the name Albert Lance, was for many years a leading tenor at the Paris Opera, partnering Maria Callas, among many others. Today singers such as Stuart Skelton and Nicole Car have major careers only slightly curtailed (one hopes) by the wretched virus.

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