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October 24, 2020

Minnesota’s Nightingale: Intimate Photos of Florence MacBeth at Home in the 1910s

Born 1889 in Mankato, American operatic soprano Florence MacBeth made her American debut as the Prima Donna Coloratura Soprano with the Chicago Opera Company, starring for six years in Rigoletto.


The Chicago Herald Examiner declared her “one of the greatest of all coloraturas.” MacBeth was also in demand as a concert singer across the country.

MacBeth sang in opera abroad and with the Chicago Opera Association, as well as in the Mozart operas given by the Society of American Musicians in New York in 1918. She was one of the organizers of the Los Angeles Opera Guild.

Macbeth was married to James M. Cain, American author and journalist. She died in 1966 at the age of 77.

A set of intimate photos from The Library of Congress shows everyday life of Florence MacBeth at home in the mid-1910s.


















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