I can offer two who retired to get married.
Rosa Ponselle retired to marry the mayor of Baltimore. I suspect that
her voice was darkening, and she couldn't manage her signature roles.
For those of you who have access to her Biography in Music set, she
sounds like a baritone in the last songs.
Now, for someone you never heard of, but was considered the artistic
equal of Adelina Patti, although not in the same repetory: Joesphine de
Reszke. She retired at the peak of her powers to marry Baron Leopold de
Kronenberg. Massenet created the role of Sita in "Le Roi de Lahore" for
her. Perhaps, the most interesting event in her musical life was in the
first performance of Massenet's "Herodiade" in Paris. She shared the
stage with her two brothers, Jean and Eduoard, in Jean's first role as a
Does anyone know of other "family" performances? Maybe the Garcias.
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