It was quite by accident that the popular Canadian prima-donna became a singer. As a matter of fact, she intended to follow medicine as a profession, but one day in Montreal a musical friend happened to hear her singing, and was deeply impressed with the richness of her voice. Mme. Donalda, however, laughed heartily when first told she ought to take up singing as a profession. However, she was persuaded to do so, and studied first at the Royal Victoria College, Montreal, and later in Paris, making her dibut at Nice on December 30, 1904. She at once sprang into fame, and in a very short time the unknown Montreal girl was receiving the rapturous approval of critics and audiences at all the great opera-houses at Brussels, New York, and Covent Garden. Indeed, in the short space of seven years she has secured for herself a place among the greatest opera singers of the day. Her fame, however, has in no way altered her nature, and she is still the simple, unaffected woman whose charm and beauty has secured for her almost as many admirers as her singing. Mme. Donalda is married to a French gentleman, M. Paul Seveilhac, and is pas-sionately fond of dogs.
Madame Donalda Elliott & Fry