|OPERA SINGER (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)|
BORN 29 Oct 1888, Clinton, New Jersey - DIED 7 Jan 1984, New York: Stanhope Motel, Manhattan|
GRAVE LOCATION New York City, New York: Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn (Section 125, Lot 29275)
Anna Case starred as a soprano at the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1909 to 1920. Her biggest succes was her part in "Der Rosencavalier" by Richard Strauss in 1913. She also appeared in two movies. After she left the Metropolitan Opera she gave solo concerts in the USA and other countries until 1931. Thomas Alva Edison used her voice for tone tests to find out if an audiency would hear the difference between a recording and a singer singing live.
In 1931 she married the millionaire Clarence Hungerford MacKay. They had met in 1916 but he would not remarry as long as his estranged first wife Katherine lived. During the 1930s he got in financial trouble and she supported him during his final illness. He died in 1938. After her own death in 1984 she was buried in the MacKay mausoleum at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Her husband's daughter Ellin married the composer Irving Berlin against his wishes.