Margaret Burke Sheridan (second from right), La Scala Milan, at Inauguration of Italian Cultural Institute.
Margaret Burke-Sheridan (15/10/1889-16/04/1958) was an Irish opera singer. Born in Castlebar, Co Mayo, Ireland, she was known as Maggie from Mayo and was regarded as Ireland's second Prima Donna (after Catherine Hayes (1818-1861)). She was a soprano and had performed at La Scala and Covent Garden for 12 years, where she enthralled the opera-goers. When she played the role of Madame Butterfly, Puccini was spellbound by her performance.
Bríd Mahon stated on page 123 in her book While Green Grass Grows (1998) that, it was rumoured that an Italian, whose overtures was rejected by her and she had blown his brains out in a box in La Scala, Milan, while she was on stage. After the tragedy she had never sang in public again. She died in relative obscurity in 1958 and her remains was buried in Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin.
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