"Fifty per cent of the ability of the internationally known opera and concert singers in innate. The other half is acquired through good hard work, and application of the principles taught by master teachers." Such is the opinion of Marion Talley of the Metropolitan Opera Company, expressed in an interview with the CRIMSON yesterday afternoon in Symphony Hall after her first public appearance in Boston.
"Many gifted musicians have failed to attain more than mediocre success because they were unwilling to sacrifice time and energy to the development of their talents. Work is essential," she said. "Those imbued with musical talent too often do not realize that their inherent abilities will not be of any use or pleasure to the world unless, with work and sacrifice, they do all in their power to develop them."
Miss Talley believes that for the best of musical training, especially for the development of the voice, all those who are able should study in Europe. "The famed teachers abroad have a knowledge of the art of teaching and of musical technique that few, if any, in this country possess," she stated. "So many of the American masters try to teach those under their tutelage by inspiring them, that they often fail to strike the true essence of the art. Artists learn through teaching; not, through inspiration."
Asked which she enjoyed more, opera or concert singing, she replied, "I have no preference. I enjoy my work, no matter in what role I am performing or in what branch of the art I am participating. I enjoy seeing the crowds and never tire of meeting people. Consequently my work is a constant source of enjoyment to me."
Miss Talley has been singing all her life. She said, "At eleven I started studying, and since that time have been continually striving to improve. My year abroad taught me much and opened for me many fine opportunities.
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