Through a one-time opportunity, the Arkansas State University Foundation, Inc., is offering a book and compact disc package featuring Arkansas native Mary Lewis, known during the 1920s as “the golden-haired beauty with the golden voice.”Mary Lewis, the golden-haired beauty with the golden voice

            Born in 1897 at Hot Springs, Mary Lewis rose above her humble beginnings to become a world renowned operatic performer. She toured extensively in France, and was a member of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921 and 1922 in New York City.

            Through grants from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Arkansas Arts Council, the Arkansas Studies Institute placed copies of “Mary Lewis, the Golden Haired Soprano,” a two-disc CD produced by retired ASU Professor Michael B. Dougan, and Mary Lewis: The Golden Haired Soprano with the Golden Voice, a biography by Alice Fitch Zeman, in every public library in the state of Arkansas.

            Following this distribution, the Arkansas Studies Institute has made available a quantity of the CD and book sets to interested persons through the ASU Foundation. The CD set contains arias from nine operas, and the first recording of “Toi, le Coeur de la rose” from Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortileges, as well as American songs, French chansons and German Lieder.

            Persons interested in purchasing the set may do so through the ASU Foundation, by sending a personal check or money order for $60 ($57 for the set and $3 for shipping and handling) to the ASU Foundation, P.O. Box 1990, State University AR 72467-1990. Please specify “Mary Lewis set” in the memo section of the check or money order.



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