Burr McIntosh Monthly, 1906
August 11, 1874|
|Died||December 12, 1959
|Other names||Sarah Marcia|
|Known for||Opera singer|
Born Marcia Craft in Indianapolis, Indiana, she moved with her family to Riverside, California in 1887. Craft graduated from Riverside High School in 1893. During the graduation ceremony, at Riverside's Loring Opera House, she performed her first public solo.
Encouraged by the community, and with contributions from local businessmen, Craft studied opera in Boston, Massachusetts under maestro Charles R. Adams. Upon completion of her studies, she traveled to Italy for additional tutoring.
In 1917 Craft purchased a home for her parents on Prospect Avenue in Riverside. After leaving Germany in 1932, she returned to Riverside and also lived in the Prospect Avenue home until her death in 1959. She is buried in Riverside's Evergreen Cemetery.
While in Italy Craft's tutor changed her name to Marcella, and she started receiving leading operatic roles. She sang with Enrico Caruso and others. Her biggest success came after she moved to Germany, where she became a lead with the Munich Opera.
- Hall, Joan H. Through the Doors of the Mission Inn, Chapter 5, Marcella Craft; Highgrove Press, 1996. ISBN 0-9631618-2-2. LOC: 95-95291.
Citations and notes
- Marcella Craft Heard, The New York Times, November 12, 1916. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
- Hall, page 18.
- Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery -- Founders' Stories
- Lech, Steve (2007). Riverside 1870-1940. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-7385-4716-9.
- Durian, Hal. "Riverside Was Marcella Craft's 'American' Home", The Press-Enterprise, May 16, 2010, page C5.