The Canadian Singer Who Stole Polish Hearts

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 1:30 p.m., Sembrich Opera Museum, Bolton Landing, NY

In January 1919, when the Warsaw Philharmonic put on a concert “In Honour of the Allies” who supported the newly-won independence of Poland, the soprano soloist who represented America was, in fact, the Canadian Bertha Crawford (1886-1937). Over a 20-year career, Crawford was a cultural chameleon, who used her singing to represent the British, Americans, Italians and French on stages across Russia and Poland. How did this woman who grew up in small-town Ontario, come to be an international opera star on the stages of Eastern Europe?