Mary Garden (1874-1967)
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Scotland's Finest: 15 musical heroes that put Scotland on the classical map
9. Mary Garden (1874-1967)
One of opera's biggest stars in the first third of the 20th century, Mary Garden was born in Aberdeen and later retired to Scotland after her career in the United States. She was described as the 'Sarah Bernhardt of opera', for her exceptional acting as well as singing skills. She created the role of Mélisande in Claude Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, pictured.