Louise Caselotti

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Louise Caselotti
Born (1910-08-23)August 23, 1910
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Died July 13, 1999(1999-07-13) (aged 88)
Malibu, California
Occupation Mezzo soprano/contralto, vocal coach
Spouse(s) Richard Bagarozy
Parent(s) Guido Caselotti (father)
Maria Orefice (mother)

Louise Caselotti (August 23, 1910 – July 13, 1999) was an American opera singer.


Caselotti was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut,[citation needed] the daughter of voice teacher Guido Caselotti, with whom she studied after the family moved to Los Angeles, California.[1]

Caselotti debuted with the San Carlo Opera Company in Los Angeles in 1927 in that city's Philharmonic Auditorium. She was particularly noted for having sung the title role in Carmen more than four hundred times, and she also appeared notably as the gypsy Azucena in Il Trovatore.[1]

She performed in Italian motion pictures in the early 1930s.[1] In the United States she sang on radio and even experimental television broadcasts in the 1930s for CBS. She dubbed the voices of several leading Hollywood actresses in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Later she married attorney Richard "Eddie" Bagarozy and lived in a Riverside Drive apartment in Manhattan. Bagarozy wanted to start his own opera company, but ultimately found the enterprise beyond his abilities. Nevertheless, he planted the seeds for what ultimately became the Lyric Opera of Chicago.[citation needed]

Caselotti and Bagarozy managed the career of a promising Greek-American soprano, Maria Callas, and introduced her to the Metropolitan Opera's general director Edward Johnson. Caselotti was Callas' vocal coach during 1946 and 1947.[2]

She died July 13 1999, in Malibu, California, at the age of 88.[1]

Caselotti's younger sister, Adriana, was the voice of Snow White in Walt Disney's 1937 Technicolor animated feature.


  1. ^ a b c d "Louise Caselotti, Opera Singer," Los Angeles Times, July 19, 1999
  2. ^ Edwards, Anne (2001). Maria Callas: An Intimate Biography, St. Martin's Press