Dorothy Kirsten (1917-1992) was celebrated throughout the 1940's, 50's and 60's, not only for her beautiful soprano voice, but also her movie-star good looks. She came to the Met as Mimi on December 1, 1945, and remained there an impressive 30 years. Her repertoire was largely (but by no means exclusively) Bohème, Butterfly, Faust, Traviata, Manon, and Tosca. She was an accomplished actress, and very careful in guiding her career in the direction of lighter roles, with the result that her voice lasted. In addition to opera, she did movie and concert work, and was very well known and much appreciated in her day.
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