Amparito Farrar

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Amparito Farrar, from a 1918 publication.

Amparito Farrar (1893 — October 31, 1989) was an American soprano concert singer who went to France to perform for the troops during World War I.

Early life[edit]

Amparito Farrar was born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Sacramento, California, the daughter of Louis C. Farrar and Guadalupe Farrar.[1][2] She studied music in Paris, London, Vienna, and Milan.[3]


Farrar had her break in 1914 when she was promoted from the chorus to the starring role in High Jinks.[4] In 1916, Farrar co-starred with Bradford Kirkbride in The Lilac Domino.[5] Farrar made her New York debut in 1917, in Treasure Trove, conducted by Walter Damrosch, and soon after had her recital debut at the Aeolian Hall in 1918.[3]

Amparito Farrar, from a 1918 publication about her work in France during World War I.

During World War I, Farrar performed in France[6] for five months at hospitals and canteens,[7] under the auspices of the YMCA's Overseas Theatre League.[8][9] Her mother went along as her accompanist on piano.[10] "I have sung in motor camps, huts, bakeries, hospitals, even at the bedsides of the boys, one at a time," she wrote, describing her efforts.[11] She also encouraged fans to send recordings, sheet music, and musical instruments to veterans' hospitals and military camps.[12] Upon her return,[13] she gave concerts in various North American cities.[14][15]

Soon after her return to the United States, she was in a traffic accident as a passenger in a taxi in New York City, and required surgery to treat her facial injuries.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Amparito Farrar married Goodrich Truman Smith, a medical doctor she met overseas, in 1919. They lived in New York City.[17][18] She died in 1989, aged 96 years, in Florida.[19]


  1. ^ Myra D. Steele, "Society" Sacramento Union (June 13, 1919): 10. via California Digitial Newspaper Collection open access
  2. ^ "Farrar at Aeolian Hall, Jan. 18" Musical Monitor (January 1918): 242.
  3. ^ a b "Contemporary American Musicians No. 93: Amparito Farrar" Musical America (November 29, 1919): 17.
  4. ^ "Miss Farrar Promoted" New York Times (April 19, 1914).
  5. ^ "Bradford Kirbride and Amparito Farrar" Allentown Leader (January 17, 1916): 8. via Newspapers.comopen access
  6. ^ "Amparito Farrar Writes from France" Musical Leader (November 28, 1918): 521.
  7. ^ "What We Are Doing in France" Musical Leader (October 3, 1918): 329.
  8. ^ "Amparito Farrar Now Due in America" Musical Leader (November 21, 1918): 494.
  9. ^ "Amparito Farrar Sails for France to Sing to Boys" Decatur Herald (August 25, 1918): 20. via Newspapers.comopen access
  10. ^ "Bridesmaid Soon to be Bride" Musical Monitor (May 1919): 383.
  11. ^ James William Evans, Gardner Ludwig Harding, Anita Parkhurst, Ethel Rundquist, Entertaining the American Army: The American Stage and Lyceum in the World War (Association Press 1921): 132-133.
  12. ^ "Personalities" Musical America (December 6, 1919): 16.
  13. ^ "Miss Farrar to Return from Europe" Musical Leader (October 24, 1918): 402.
  14. ^ "Amparito Farrar Scores in Halifax" Musical Courier (August 8, 1918): 31.
  15. ^ "Second Penn Wheelmen Concert" Reading Times (February 17, 1919): 9. via Newspapers.comopen access
  16. ^ "Amparito Farrar's Accident" Musical Monitor (April 1919): 331.
  17. ^ "Amparito Farrar Weds Captain Smith" Music Trades (June 14, 1919): 27.
  18. ^ "'Flu' Gets Her a Husband" Atlanta Constitution (May 19, 1919): 6.
  19. ^ Obituaries, Orlando Sentinel (November 5, 1989).

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