Geraldine Farrar was an American soprano, known for her beauty and dramatic talent and the intimate timbre of her voice.
Farrar displayed musical talent from early childhood, and although she eventually abandoned the piano she continued her voice lessons. In 1900 she traveled to Berlin, where in 1901 she made a sensational debut at the Royal Opera House in Charles Gounod’s Faust. After three years with the Royal Opera, Farrar spent three years (1904–07) with the Monte Carlo Opera, making her debut there opposite Enrico Caruso in La Bohème.
The excerpts given below are from the early 1900s. The closer to 1900 we get, the worse the sound. In some instances, these recordings have been “fixed”. Fixing usually entails removing the noise that one would find in recordings of this age. Fixing also, unfortunately, may remove noise but it also removes sound, in this case the mid-ranges and high-ranges of the singer(s). So, in a recording from 1912, for example, you are not hearing anything close to the true voices. You are hearing voices that have been diminished by the noise removal process. You will get an idea of what these singers sounded like, but unless I can find a recording that hasn’t been doctored, you will not hear the true voice.