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Another Famous Woman
From Le Roy

by Lynne Belluscio

Her name was Meta Reddish. And although she was born south of LeRoy in Wyoming, her family moved to LeRoy in 1897 and lived on Lake Street. Her father was in the patent medicine business. Meta and her brother Claude shared a love of music although I haven’t discovered who they studied with while they lived in LeRoy. Claude graduated from LeRoy High School in 1902 and went on to Syracuse University. In 1908, Meta went to New York City to further her music studies. She was a coloratura soprano. In 1909, she went abroad to prepare to sing in grand opera. Her brother, Claude, joined her in Italy where he became a foreign representative for Standard Oil Company. In 1911, Meta made her debut at the San Carlo opera house in Naples where she became the prima donna. When she returned to LeRoy in 1912, she gave a concert at the Methodist church which was filled to capacity and overflowed into the Sunday school rooms. Others had to sit on the lawn outside. Claude accompanied her. . .


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