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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[Contestant Zita Newell at the Grand Opera contest, Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-34.]
[Singer Laura T. Martin posing in front of the Century of Progress Avenue of Flags.]
[The winners of the Century of Progress Opera Contest. Zeta Newell, from Oak Park, IL., is on the left, and Mr. Frank Jakavicius, of Chicago, is to her right. The Opera contest was held at the Lagoon Theater, and the winners received a contract with the Opera company which opened in Chicago later that year.]
[Zeta Newell, of Oak Park, IL., a winner of the Century of Progress Opera Contest, sings in front of the microphone.]
"Grace Moore, star of opera, screen, and radio, sounding her 'ah' for Ruth Gordon, actress of fame, on stage of the Globe Theater in Merrie England, while they were visiting the World's Fair [on] Labor Day. Miss Moore [is] on her way from Los Angeles to New York to give a performance."
"John Pane-Gasser, leading dramatic tenor [of the] Chicago Grand Opera Company."
"John Pane-Gasser, leading dramatic tenor with the Chicago Grand Opera Company, who has been chosen to sing The Star Spangled Banner to inaugurate the opening ceremonies at A Century of Progress."
"Laura T. Martin, director of music at the University of Mississippi, as she appeared in the recital at the Illinois Host building at the Chicago World's Fair Monday evening (July 30th)."
"Three stars of the Tipica Police Orchestra of Mexico City, now giving tow concerts daily in the Court of States at A Century of Progress. They are, left to right: Fortino Juarez, known as El Bajista, a virtuoso on the guitar and mandolin; Jose Rubio, tenor, who specializes in Mexican ballads and romantic songs; and Laura Rivas (Senora Zendejas), the stately contralto of the Tipicas. As a trio, they specialize in 'canciones rancheras,' or ranch songs."
"United Mothers chorus gave a concert at the Court of States at the World's Fair today."
"Victor Clement, of the Dutch Village and Miss Daisy Fisher of 1360 ½ Estes Avenue, two of the entrants in the Grand Opera Contest, who appeared last night in the first preliminary held at the Lagoon Theater. Preliminaries will be held every night this week and the finals on Saturday night. A Contract with the Grand opera Company will be awarded to the winning man and woman."
"Winners in the Grand Opera Contest which was held at the Lagoon Theater at a Century of Progress, being congratulated by the judges of the contest. Left to right: Karlton Hackett, judge, Margery Maxwell, judge, Paul Longore, judge, Mrs. Zita Newell, Oak Park, winner in the woman's class and Frank Jakavicius, Chicago, winner in the men's class. Both of the winners will receive contracts with the opera."
"Youth and beauty both trying for an opportunity to win a contract with the opera in the Grand Opera contest that is being held at the Lagoon Theater at the Century of Progress. The finals will be held tomorrow night and the winning man and woman will receive a contract with the opera. Left is Wilbert Liebling, 13, 1313 South Kedzie Ave., and Margaret Terrell Whiteman, 401 Fullerton Parkway."
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