Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Vol. 3: by Nicolas Slonimsky, Laura Diane Kuhn

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C. Opera debut as Cio-Cio-San on Oct. 16, 1949, and remained on its roster for the season. She also pursued an active concert career. After her retirement in 1965, she taught voice in Wellington at Victoria Univ. Her autobiography was publ. as A Voice, a Life (London, 1970). She was made an Officer (1953), a Commander (1963), and a 1435 151) HAMMOND Dame Commander (1974) of the Order of the British Empire. -NS/LKfDM Hammond, Frederick (Fished, American musicologist and keyboardist; b. , Aug. 7, 1937.

Canada, and Europe. From 1968 to 1992 he taught at the Univ. of Calif. at Los Angeles. He was asst. music director of the Castelfranco Veneto Festival from 1975 to 1980. In 1986 he founded the E. Nakamichi Festival of Baroque Music, serving as its director until 1990. In 1989 he became the Irma Brandeis Prof. of Romance Studies at Bard CoIl. and in 1995 music director of the Clarion Music Soc. His honors include a Rome Prize Fellowship (1965-66), a Harvard Renaissance Center Fellowship (1971), and the Cavaliere al merito della Repubblica of Italy (1986).

Originally intended as a star vehicle for stage veteran Gertrude Lawrence but subsequently more identified with Yul Brynner, The King and I was another enormous hit, running 1,246 performances and winning the Tony Award for Best Musical. "-reached the Top Ten and stayed in the charts for over a year. The year 1951 also saw the third film version of Show Boat, starring Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner (whose singing voice was dubbed by Annette Warren), and Howard Keel. The film became one of the year's top moneymakers, and the soundtrack album topped the charts during the summer and fall.

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