The MARJORIE LAWRENCE
Project


HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS USA

 

Photograph of Miss Lawrence by society photographer Miss Sophie Delar of New York City. National Library of Australia.

    "If you are to get to the top and remain there or near there, you must keep on studying."
              Metropolitan Opera star Marjorie Lawrence from her autobiography Interrupted Melody



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THE MARJORIE LAWRENCE PROJECT

POST OFFICE BOX 123

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, ARKANSAS

71902 - 0123

USA


To contact the project coordinator,
please email
Barbara A. Sloan
at akasii@aol.com.




Artist Daisy McDonald has created a portrait of international opera star Marjorie Lawrence in her landmark performance of the Immolation Scene, the finale of Richard Wagner’s The Ring Trilogy. Wearing a black wig and white gown, the Australian soprano made operatic history during her 1936 Metropolitan Opera debut when, as the character Brünnhilde, she rode a live horse across the stage and into the funeral pyre of the beloved Siegfried.

The title of the painting Her Indomitable Spirit refers to Miss Lawrence’s real-life battle with sudden paralysis from polio in 1941, her determination to continue her operatic career, and her hope to some day walk again. The diva’s 1949 autobiography entitled Interrupted Melody chronicles her unforeseen arrival in Hot Springs for its “healing waters” and her victorious return to the Metropolitan Opera stage.

A native of Dallas, Daisy arrived in Hot Springs in 1981 with her famous husband, the late Maurice "Nick" McDonald. Soon after her move to the Spa City, she enrolled in a six-week painting class. Not only was it love at first brush stroke, it became a whole new career for her.

The consummate professional, Daisy has received acclaim for her artwork both locally and nationally. She enjoys working in all media and styles, with subjects ranging from thoroughbreds to bathhouses to ballerinas. Notable commissions include her portrait of local hotelier Hill Wheatley and a scene from Oaklawn Racetrack for the family of former President Bill Clinton.

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Revised 05.03.12. Copyright 2011-2012 AKAS II. All Rights Reserved. Photo: Sophie Delar. Text: Barbara A. Sloan.