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past opera singers honored with postal stamps
NYP97091004- 10 SEPT 97- NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti cradles his 1st edition issue of the 4 postage stamps honoring opera singers Lily Pons, Rosa Ponselle, Lawrence Tibbett and Richard Tucker at September 10th ceremonies held by the U.S. Postal Service. UPI ep/Ezio Petersen
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Lily Pons (April 12, 1898 – February 13, 1976) was a French-American coloratura soprano.

Born as Alice Joséphine Pons in Draguignan near Cannes, Pons first studied piano at the Paris Conservatory, winning the First Prize at the age of 15. During World War I, she played piano and sang for soldiers in Paris hospitals. She also sang at receptions in Cannes. In 1925, encouraged by soprano Dyna Beumer, she started taking singing lessons from Alberti de Gorostiaga in Paris.

She successfully made her operatic debut in the title role of Léo Delibes' Lakmé at Mulhouse in 1928 and went on to sing several coloratura roles in French provincial opera houses.

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