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Published on Jul 15, 2009
She was born Louise Dilworth Beatty in Pittsburgh and studied music at Philadelphia and Boston, then married the composer Sidney Homer in 1895 and went to Paris, where she studied singing with Fidèle König and Paul Lhérie (who had been the first Don José in Bizets Carmen). Louise made her operatic debut as Léonore in Donizettis La Favorite at Vichy in 1898. She sang Amneris and Lola at Covent Garden and was Ortrud and Maddalena in Brussels. Her American debut was with the Metropolitan Opera in 1900 where her first role was Amneris. During a very successful and long lasting Met career, she appeared at first mainly in Italian and French operas, but soon adding Wagnerian roles to her repertory. She created the Witch in Humperdincks Königskinder in 1910 and was a notable Orfeo in Toscaninis revival of Glucks opera in 1909. After resigning from the Met in 1919, she sang with other major American companies (San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles). Her last appearance at the Met was as Azucena in 1929. She was mother of six children. One daugther became a singer, one son a pianist. The composer Samuel Barber was her nephew.