Partner Ethel Maud Ashley Cooper, Lady Warrender

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Marcia-Van-Dresser.jpgMarcia Van Dresser (1877 – July 11, 1937) was an American operatic soprano, recitalist and actress. She was sometimes referred to as a mezzo-soprano.[1] After the death of her husband in 1917, Ethel Maud Ashley Cooper, Lady Warrender became the lover of Marcia van Dresser, with whom she lived at her house, called "Leasam," near Rye.

Marcia Van Dresser was born in 1877 and spent her early life in Memphis and later studied for opera with Hermine Bosetti and Jean de Reszke. She was a member of The Famous Original Bostonians before joining Alice Nielsen Company in 1898 for Victor Herbert's The Fortune Teller and Singing Girl. Studies voice with NYC’s Mrs. Sarah Robinson-Duff herself trained in Paris by Marchesi.[2] Dresser appeared as an actress in 1902 with Otis Skinner in a revival of Francesca di Rimini.[3] Apparently Van Dresser never recorded for the gramophone industry. Dresser joined NY's Metropolitan Opera Company, and sang across Europe before joining The Chicago Opera in 1915 for her major opera roles.[4] In April 1918 she appeared at Aeolian Hall singing Haydn in Italian, Debussy and Fauré in French. The Haydn work had been arranged by the late Pauline Viardot.[5] She died in London on July 11, 1937 after a long illness.[6]

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