Gladys Swarthout

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Gladys Swarthout (b. December 25, 1900 in Deepwater, Missouri, USA) was an American contralto opera singer, actress and author.

She studied at Clark Conservatory of Music (Chicago) and Bush Conservatory of Music (Chicago). At the age of eighteen she made her first appearance as a soloist with an orchestra, the occasion being a concert of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which was then under the leadership of Ossip Gabrilowitsch.

She performed with several opera companies, including the Vienna Opera Company (Chicago), Chicago Civic Opera Company, Ravinia Opera Company (Chicago) and in 1929, she made her debut with the New York Metropolitan Opera Company, where she was a participant for several decades.

Paramount Pictures starred her in five films, including "Rose of the Rancho" and "Romance in the Dark." She was honored with the degree of Doctor of Music, is the only woman to have sung for the entire assembled Congress of the United States, plus the Diplomatic Corps, Supreme Court and the President on the occasion of the 150th session of Congress.

While a young girl Swarthout suffered from a rheumatic fever, though it wasn't diagnosed as such until she was in her 50's. The disease left her with a damaged mitral valve. She died on July 7th, 1969 in Florence, Italy, at age of 68 due to her life long heart condition.
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Gladys Swarthout - Bizet's Carmen album art Bizet*, Gladys Swarthout With Licia Albanese, Robert Merrill, Ramón Vinay Bizet*, Gladys Swarthout With Licia Albanese, Robert Merrill, Ramón Vinay - Bizet's Carmen (Album) RCA Victor Red Seal US 1946 Sell This Version
EJS-150 Gladys Swarthout - Mignon album art Thomas*, Gladys Swarthout, Josephine Antoine, Charles Hackett, Ezio Pinza, Angelo Bada, Norman Cordon, Helen Olheim, Chorus* & Orchestra Of The Metropolitan Opera Association* Directed By Wilfrid Pelletier Thomas*, Gladys Swarthout, Josephine Antoine, Charles Hackett, Ezio Pinza, Angelo Bada, Norman Cordon, Helen Olheim, Chorus* & Orchestra Of The Metropolitan Opera Association* Directed By Wilfrid Pelletier - Mignon(2xLP, Album, Mono, Pri) The Golden Age Of Opera EJS-150 US 1951 Sell This Version
Vol. 1 Gladys Swarthout - Carmen album art Georges Bizet, Gladys Swarthout, Licia Albanese, Helen Olheim, Charles Kullman, Orchestre* & Choeurs Du Metropolitan Opera De New York* Direction: Wilfried Pelletier* Georges Bizet, Gladys Swarthout, Licia Albanese, Helen Olheim, Charles Kullman, Orchestre* & Choeurs Du Metropolitan Opera De New York* Direction: Wilfried Pelletier* - Carmen(CD, RM, Car) Les Triomphes De La Musique Classique Vol. 1 France 2001 Sell This Version
LP 805 Gladys Swarthout - Empire Records Presents Gladys Swarthout album art Gladys Swarthout Empire Records Presents Gladys Swarthout(LP, Mono) Empire Records (12) LP 805 US Unknown Sell This Version
Caliban 6049 Jeanette MacDonald, Frank Morgan (2), Charles Butterworth, Jean Hersholt, Vivienne Segal, Gladys Swarthout, Jan Kiepura Jeanette MacDonald, Frank Morgan (2), Charles Butterworth, Jean Hersholt, Vivienne Segal, Gladys Swarthout, Jan Kiepura - The Cat And The Fiddle / Give Us This Night(LP) Caliban Caliban 6049 Unknown Sell This Version
CAL 280 Gladys Swarthout - Sings Your Favorites album art Gladys Swarthout Sings Your Favorites(LP) RCA Camden CAL 280 Unknown Sell This Version
LM 1156 Gladys Swarthout - French Operatic Arias / Songs Of The Auvergne album art Gladys Swarthout French Operatic Arias / Songs Of The Auvergne(LP, Mono) RCA Victor Red Seal LM 1156 US Unknown Sell This Version
LM 116 Gladys Swarthout - My Favorites album art Gladys Swarthout My Favorites(10", Mono) RCA Victor Red Seal LM 116 US Unknown Sell This Version
ALP 1269 Gladys Swarthout - Chausson (1855-1899): Poème De L'Amour Et De La Mer; A French Song Recital album art Gladys Swarthout, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux Gladys Swarthout, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux - Chausson (1855-1899): Poème De L'Amour Et De La Mer; A French Song Recital(LP, Album) His Master's Voice ALP 1269 UK Unknown Sell This Version
M 925 Gladys Swarthout - French Opera Arias: Romeo Et Juliet-Faust-Mignon album art Gladys Swarthout French Opera Arias: Romeo Et Juliet-Faust-Mignon(2xShellac, 12", Album) Victor Red Seal M 925 US Unknown Sell This Version
Cal 346 Gladys Swarthout - Great Artists at Their Best, Vol. 3 Operatic Stars album art Rose Bampton, Lucrezia Bori, Richard Crooks (2), Giuseppe De Luca (3), Maria Jeritza, Miliza Korjus, Giovanni Martinelli, Gladys Swarthout, John Charles Thomas, Lawrence Tibbett Rose Bampton, Lucrezia Bori, Richard Crooks (2), Giuseppe De Luca (3), Maria Jeritza, Miliza Korjus, Giovanni Martinelli, Gladys Swarthout, John Charles Thomas, Lawrence Tibbett - Great Artists at Their Best, Vol. 3 Operatic Stars(LP, Album) RCA Camden Cal 346 US Unknown Sell This Version
WDM 1540 Gladys Swarthout - Songs Of The Auvergne album art Gladys Swarthout With RCA Victor Orchestra* Gladys Swarthout With RCA Victor Orchestra* - Songs Of The Auvergne(2x7", Album, Red + Box) RCA Victor Red Seal WDM 1540 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

4324 Gladys Swarthout - Could I Be In Love? / Paradise In Waltz Time album art Gladys Swarthout Could I Be In Love? / Paradise In Waltz Time(Shellac, 10") Victor 4324 US 1936 Sell This Version
4318 Gladys Swarthout Clouds / Spendthrift(Shellac, 10") Victor 4318 US 1936 Sell This Version
14419 Gladys Swarthout - Carmen - Habanera L'Amour Est Un Oiseau album art Gladys Swarthout Carmen - Habanera L'Amour Est Un Oiseau(Shellac, 12") Victor 14419 US 1937 Sell This Version
Gladys Swarthout - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes / Through The Years album art Gladys Swarthout Smoke Gets In Your Eyes / Through The Years Victor Red Seal US 1942 Sell This Version
10-1038 Gladys Swarthout With Victor Concert Orchestra Gladys Swarthout With Victor Concert Orchestra - Dancing In The Dark / Give Me One Hour(Shellac, 10") Victor 10-1038 Canada 1942 Sell This Version
250 Gladys Swarthout - The Man I Love album art Gladys Swarthout, Soprano,* With Orchestra Conducted By Al Goodman (2) / Reed Kennedy, Baritone,* With Orchestra Conducted By Al Goodman (2) Gladys Swarthout, Soprano,* With Orchestra Conducted By Al Goodman (2) / Reed Kennedy, Baritone,* With Orchestra Conducted By Al Goodman (2) - The Man I Love(12") V Disc 250 US 1944 Sell This Version
208 Gladys Swarthout - Carmen album art Lawrence Tibbett WithThe Metropolitan Opera Chorus And Orchestra* / Gladys Swarthout With Orchestra Conducted By Alexander Smallens Lawrence Tibbett WithThe Metropolitan Opera Chorus And Orchestra* / Gladys Swarthout With Orchestra Conducted By Alexander Smallens - Carmen(12") V Disc 208 US 1944 Sell This Version
100 Gladys Swarthout - The Donkey Serenade / Give Me One Hour album art Allan Jones (5), Gladys Swarthout Allan Jones (5), Gladys Swarthout - The Donkey Serenade / Give Me One Hour(12") V Disc 100 US 1944 Sell This Version
345 Gladys Swarthout - Chanson Boheme / La Morena De Mi Copla album art Gladys Swarthout / Nesto Mesta Chayres Gladys Swarthout / Nesto Mesta Chayres - Chanson Boheme / La Morena De Mi Copla(Shellac, 12") V Disc 345 US 1945 Sell This Version
10-1181 Gladys Swarthout - I Wonder As I Wander / Cantiga De Ninar (Lullaby) album art Gladys Swarthout I Wonder As I Wander / Cantiga De Ninar (Lullaby)(Shellac, 10") Victor Red Seal 10-1181 US 1946 Sell This Version
Gladys Swarthout - Fireside Songs album art Gladys Swarthout Fireside Songs (EP) RCA Victor Canada Unknown Sell This Version
Gladys Swarthout - None But The Lonely Heart / Moscow Cantata album art Gladys Swarthout None But The Lonely Heart / Moscow Cantata Victor Canada Unknown Sell This Version
WDM 1127 (3) Gladys Swarthout - Sings Popular Song Favourites album art Gladys Swarthout Sings Popular Song Favourites(3x7", EP, Mono, Red) RCA Victor Red Seal WDM 1127 (3) US Unknown Sell This Version