Harshaw, Margaret

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Harshaw, Margaret Gender: F
Margaret Irvine Harshaw
born on 12 May 1909 at 22:20 (= 10:20 PM )
Place Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 39n57, 75w10
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 21°43' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 24°46 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 03°30'

Margaret Harshaw (pictured with her children in "Opera News," 14 March 1955)
photo: scanned by Michael J. Peterson - with permission from Opera News, license cc-by-3.0


American opera singer and voice teacher who sang for 22 consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan Opera from November 1942 to March 1964. She began her career as a mezzo-soprano in the early 1930s but then began performing roles from the soprano repertoire in 1950. She sang a total of 39 roles in 25 works at the Met and was heard in 40 of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts. She was also active as a guest artist with major opera houses in Europe and North and South America.

Harshaw possessed a wide vocal range, was a convincing actress, and was particularly regarded for her portrayals of Wagnerian heroines. She has the distinction of portraying more Wagner roles on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera - altogether 14 - than any other singer in history. After retiring from the stage, she became a highly regarded singing teacher, serving on the voice faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and she taught Young Artists' Programs at Santa Fe Opera(Santa Fe New Mexico) and at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Harshaw married and had two children. She died on 7 November 1997 at the age of 88 in Libertyville, Illinois.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.


  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 88)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Opera)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher (Voice)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/Opera (Mezzo-soprano, soprano)