100 years ago in Spokane: World-famous Italian soprano praises city during visit

Jan 10, 2020 236

Madame Luisa Tetrazzini, an opera singer so famous that a gourmet dish was named after her, claimed to be captivated by the wintertime charms of Spokane. The “world’s most famous coloratura soprano” was driven around Spokane on a sunny day and stopped to watch young people skating at Cannon Hill and Manito parks, The Spokesman-Review reported.

“It is so wonderful, beautiful, and so healthy,” she said. “But not for Tetrazzini.” She put her hand to her “wonderful golden throat and burst into a tinkling torrent of Italian.” “The golden voice must be preserved,” she said. “I wish it could be packed away in a little box of cotton and left in the hotel so that Tetrazzini could go out and enjoy herself.”

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SOURCE: https://www.spokesman.com

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