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










MLP Events are listed in reverse chronology.

February 17, 2013 - MLP celebrates the 106th anniversary of Marjorie Lawrence's birth at the Garland County Historical Society with presentation of Wotan's Daughter by Australian biographer Richard Davis.

November 9, 2012 - Giclee print of Daisy McDonald's portrait of Marjorie Lawrence presented at private fundraiser for the Hot Springs Music Festival.

April 2, 2012 through present - MLP notecards for sale and giclee on canvas on display at the Christian Science Reading Room.

Marjorie Lawrence frequently performed at the First Church of Christ, Scientist where her husband Dr. Thomas King had been a member of the local congregation.

March 19, 2012 - Garland County Historical Society receives MLP notecards for sale and a photo of Marjorie Lawrence as Brunnhilde astride the horse in Vichy for its archives.

March 14, 2012 through April 1, 2012 - MLP notecards and giclee on canvas consigned to 3 Arts Cafe, Hale Bath House, to raise money for the Arts in Garland County.

February 17, 2012 - Celebration at the Garland County Library. Friends and students of Marjorie Lawrence share stories for the local newspaper. Giclee on canvas unveiled. Painting placed on display by the library's biography section.

January 14, 2012 through present - MLP exhibit at Garland County Library.

November 30, 2011 through January 14, 2012 - MLP exhibit and painting at Casa Bella, Hot Springs. Raffle of giclees on paper as MLP fundraiser.

June 19, 2011 - Ceremonious unveiling of artist's original painting at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts. Title Her Indomitable Spirit is chosen for the artwork. MLP painting and exhibit about the diva's life on display in ASMSA lobby through November 4, 2011.

June, 2011 - Artist completes painting which is professionally framed by LaRue and McConnell in Hot Springs.

April 28, 2011 - Photo shoot of live horse with female bareback rider at Lake Hamilton Equine Associates as arranged by captain of Garland County Mounted Patrol.

March 22, 2011 - Members of Muses Creative Artistry Project assist with coloration and poses for painting.

February 17, 2011 - MLP is established as charitable trust, I.R.C. 4947(a)(1).

January 12, 2011 - MLP celebrates the 75th anniversary of the diva's Metropolitan debut and her historic - and unrehearsed - horse ride in Richard Wagner's Immolation Scene.

December, 2010 - Artist reads Interrupted Melody, purchases an industrial easel, and begins drawings for the portrait.

December 15, 2011 - AKAS II celebrates its 25th anniversary and announces the Marjorie Lawrence Project with plans for a larger-than-life portrait in oil on 3' by 5' stretched Belgian linen.

November 19, 2010 - Two black-and-white photo scans sent to project coordinator from manuscript archivist at Southern Illinois University. Photos depict the soprano as the character Brunnhilde, wearing a black wig and white gown astride a dapple grey horse at the Metropolitan Opera and again on a dark military horse for her performance at the Vichy Opera House.

October 1, 2010 - Project coordinator begins interviews with Marjorie Lawrence's voice students via telephone and email.

September 15, 2010 - Project coordinator reads the opera legend's autobiography Interrupted Melody to determine a landmark performance. Immolation Scene found in Chapter 1. Research continues.

June, 2010 - Artist Daisy McDonald displays in her studio a painting of a woman in white gown. Discussion about Marjorie Lawrence and portrait of the diva ensues.


Artist Daisy McDonald created this 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 Br�de, she rode a live horse across the stage and into the funeral pyre of the beloved Siegfried.

The title of the painting 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 03.10.13. Copyright 2010-2013 AKAS II. All Rights Reserved. Photo: Sophie Delar. Text: Barbara A. Sloan.