August 23, 1910|
|Died||July 13, 1999
|Occupation||Mezzo soprano/contralto, vocal coach|
|Parent(s)||Guido Caselotti (father)
Maria Orefice (mother)
Louise Caselotti (August 23, 1910 – July 13, 1999) was an American opera singer.
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.
She performed in Italian motion pictures in the early 1930s. 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.
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.