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Memorable Manitobans: Edith Jane Miller (1875-1936)

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Born at Portage la Prairie in 1875, the daughter of W. W. Miller, she studied voice at the University of Toronto under Francesco D’Aurea. She taught at the Winnipeg Conservatory of Music, then went to Europe for further study, making her debut at Massey Hall as a contralto. She give her first concert in London in 1905 and was chosen as a soloist in several early performances of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontious and The Kingdom. She gave a recital at the Walker Theatre in Winnipeg before 3,500 people in 1909; it was the social event of the year. In 1911 she represented Canada at the Imperial Festival Canadian concert at the Crystal Place. She was married to Max Charles Hamilton in 1913, the same week she appeared for the first time in grand opera, singing Gilda in Rigoletto. Miller subsequently disappeared from the spotlight. She died in England in 1936.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 August 2013

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