Mary Garden was born at Aberdeen, Scotland, February 20, 1877.
She was brought to Chicago while very young, and was educated in there.
She first studied singing with Mrs. Duff, but afterwards went to Paris, where she became a pupil of Trabadello and Fugere.
She made her debut at the Opera Comique, 1900, in Charpentier’s Louise, and speedily became a popular favorite.
She added considerably to her reputation by her performance of the part of Melisande in Debussy’s opera, Pelleas et Melisande, and Mary Garden is one of the few foreign opera singers really accepted by French audiences.
Hammerstein secured her for the Manhattan Opera in 1908, and her success in America was immediate.
Since being in America she has appeared not only in the operas which first made her famous, but in other exacting works, such as Le Jongleur, Thais and Salome, and with conspicuous success in the title role of Victor Herbert’s opera Natoma.
Since Hammerstein has retired from the opera filed she has been engaged with the Philadelphia-Chicago Opera Company, under the management of Andreas Dippel.
Mary Garden occupies a unique position on the operatic stage. The variety of tone color in her voice is largely responsible for her success in such works as Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande, which is an opera not of melody, but of moods.