Elaine Malbin

Soprano + Musician + Singer
Born May 24, 1932

Elaine Malbin is an American soprano who had a prolific international career singing in operas, musicals, and concerts from 1949 through 1967. She appeared in a number of Broadway productions in the 1940s and 1950s and notably portrayed Marsinah in the original 1953 West End production of Kismet.… Read More

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  • New Rochelle Opera Honors Two Westchester.Com
    Google News - Jun 16, 2011
  • Paid Notice: Deaths Mann, Silvia
    NYTimes - Aug 11, 2008
  • Critic's Notebook; All Puccini's 'butterflies,' Or Tinkering With Disaster
    NYTimes - Apr 28, 2004
  • The Guide
    NYTimes - Aug 17, 2003


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Elaine Malbin.


1932 Birth Born in 1932.


1945 13 Years Old Born and raised in Brooklyn, Malbin started studying singing as a child and made her professional recital debut at the young age of 14 at New York City's Town Hall on March 31, 1945. … Read More
1947 15 Years Old She made her Carnegie Hall debut with The New York Pops on May 7, 1947 in a concert entitled "Viennese Night" which featured her singing numerous songs and arias by Viennese composers. … Read More
1949 17 Years Old On May 15, 1949, Malbin made her professional opera debut with the San Carlo Opera Company as Musetta in Giacomo Puccini's La bohème. … Read More
Shortly thereafter she was cast as Violetta in C.B.S. Opera Television Theatre's production of Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata which was first broadcast on March 12, 1950.
1951 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1951 Malbin made her first performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra singing the soprano solos in a production of Bach's St Matthew Passion at Rutgers University. … Read More


1953 21 Years Old 1 More Event
She portrayed the role through January 1953 when the show closed.
1954 22 Years Old In 1954 Malbin appeared with NBC Television Opera Theatre again starring in the title role of a critically acclaimed production of Richard Strauss's Salome and in the title role of a production of Puccini's Suor Angelica. … Read More
1955 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1955 Malbin portrayed the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly for the NBC Television Opera Theatre. … Read More
1961 29 Years Old In 1961 Malbin made her debut with the Opera Company of Boston and sang for the first time with the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company as Madama Butterfly.


1962 30 Years Old In 1962 she made her debut with the Pittsburgh Opera and sang the title role in Massenet's Manon for the first time with the New York City Opera. … Read More
1963 31 Years Old From 1963-1964 Malbin toured the United States with the San Carlo Opera Company portraying the roles of Madama Butterfly and Mimi.
1967 35 Years Old 1 More Event
She also made her first appearance at the Houston Grand Opera in 1967 singing Madama Butterfly. … Read More
1969 37 Years Old In 1969 her youngest daughter was born.


1979 47 Years Old She returned to the opera stage in January 1979 singing Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She returned to New York City for a lauded recital at Alice Tully Hall the following October. … Read More


2000 68 Years Old One of her last appearances on the opera stage was in 2000 as the Barroness in Dicapo Opera's production of Samuel Barber's Vanessa. … Read More
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