Pauline Donalda

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Pauline Donalda
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Pauline Donalda
Background information
Birth name Pauline Lightstone
Born (1882-03-05)March 5, 1882
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died October 22, 1970(1970-10-22) (aged 88)
Montreal, Quebec
Genres Opera
Years active 1905–1922

Pauline Donalda, OC (March 5, 1882 – October 22, 1970) was a Canadian operatic soprano.

Born Pauline Lightstone in Montreal, Quebec, she studied music at Royal Victoria College. In 1902 she studied in Paris and made her debut in 1904 in Nice. In 1922, she opened a studio in Paris and became a teacher. In 1937, she opened a studio in Montreal and in 1942 she founded the Opera Guild of Montreal. She served as president and artistic director until 1969.

In 1967, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for her contribution to the arts, especially opera, as a singer and founder of the Opera Guild in Montreal."[1]

Pauline Donalda was the first to sing the roles of Concepción in Maurice Ravel's L'heure espagnole and Ah-joe in Franco Leoni's L'Oracolo at Covent Garden.[2]


  1. ^ Order of Canada citation
  2. ^ Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 5th ed., 1954, Eric Blom, ed.

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