(Miller, Mildred) (1924- )
Mme. Miller is an American classical mezzo-soprano who enjoyed a major career performing in operas, concerts, and recitals during the mid 20th century.
Photograph – Vintage 8″x10″ black and white silver gelatin glossy character still from Carmen. Photo stamped James Kriegmann, NY. Superb image.
She was notably a principal artist at the Metropolitan Opera from 1951-74. In 1978 she founded the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, serving as the company’s Artistic Director through 1999.
As a performer, Miller won particular acclaim for her singing of German Lieder and recorded with, among others, conducter Bruno Walter, with whom she won a Grand Prix du Disque for Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. On the opera stage she became known for her portrayal of pants roles, garnering the nickname “Legs Miller”. She is a gold medal recipient for the American Academy of Arts and Letters.