Woman of the Century/Emma Hayden Eames

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EAMES. Emma Hayden, operatic singer, known in private life as Mrs. Julian Story, born in 1867, in China, where her father held a diplomatic post. Her parents were natives of Maine and residents of Boston, Mass . where her father practiced jaw before going into the service of the government in Shanghai, China, where Emma was born After the family returned to Boston, Emma began EMMA HAYDEN EAMES.jpgEMMA HAYDEN EAMES. to study music under the tuition of her mother, who was a cultivated singer. After a thorough grounding in the preliminaries, Emma went to Paris, France, to study with Madame Marchesi. In 1888 she made her debut in the Grand Opera in Paris, after waiting in vain fur a chance to appear under a contract for one year made with the Opera Comique. She secured a cancellation of the contract with the Comique and prepared to sing in "Romeo et Juliette" in the Grand Opera. Madame Patti sang in the title role twelve times, and then Emma Eames succeeded her. Following directly after the most famous singer of the age, Miss Lames won a brilliant triumph on her debut, and at once was ranked by, the French critics as one of the greatest singers and actors of the day. Her repertoire includes Juliette, Marguerite, Desdemona, Santuzza, Elsa, and other famous roles, and in each of them her success has been marked. After her father's death her talents enabled her to maintain the fortunes of her family. She was married. 29th July, 1891, to Julian Story, in London, England. She is regard in Paris and London as one of the greatest singers of the age. Her latest triumph was won in the opera "Ascanio."