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Curated Article: The "Hawaiian Nightingale" - Ululani McQuaid Robertson


Explore the life and career of the "Hawaiian Nightingale," soprano Ululani McQuaid Robertson (1890-1970) in this full-length interactive article. One of only two Hawaiian opera singers to achieve international fame in the early 20th century, Ululani travelled 5000 miles to audition for Madame Marcella Sembrich. She spent several summers with Sembrich in Lake Placid and Lake Geroge. Following several years of study with the famed singer, Uluani moved to Paris and became one of the most popular interpreters of the title role in Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly." She returned to Honolulu upon her retirement from the operatic stage and lived as a socialite and community organizer. Readers will explore Ululani's life through artifacts from The Sembrich Collection including photographs, books, news clippings, and more.