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Gloria Elaine Scorza was the wife of the late Mario Scorza, well known Italian Church Stained Glass Artist of Milan, who preceded her in death January 7th, 1993 here in San Antonio. Mr. Scorza had worked with the Cavallini Glass Company here in San Antonio. Mrs. Scorza was a child Soprano in Houston, Texas and was taken at the age of 13 to sing as the guest artist for the Advertising Men of World's Association, where she sang also for British Aristocracy at their convention in London, England and later at the President of Frances' reception in Paris for the same delegation. She had a high 'F' and could hold these notes for a long length of time which was required in Operas for this type of voice with it's run and trills as you hear when someone imitates a bird singing. She was acclaimed the Texas-Nightingale at the age of 13. As she could sing the opera arias with such facility, the British, after hearing her sing at the American Convention in London, were pleased with her rendition of the opera aria 'Thou Lovely Bird' from Felicien David's Pearl and 'Comin' Through the Rye', and an Old Scottish song. These performances paid her way to Edenborough, Scotland as a token of their gratitude. She had opened the Centennial here in San Antonio at the San Jose Mission, singing The Star Spangled Banner and was accompanied by two violinists of a Mariachi band with then Mayor Lila Cockrel and the former Archbishop Frances Furey present. Returning to America at the age of 15, she won a Juilliard School of Music Scholarship in 1927 and was also awarded the Madame Marcella Sembrich Scholarship. She was invited to live with Madame Marcella Sembrich as her prot 5/8g 5/8. Madame Sembrich was a great Polish opera singer during the late 1800's and early 1900's and was a contemporary of Enrice Caruso the great Italian tenor with whom Mrs. Scorza had sang at the Metropolitan Opera House in those early years. Emma Calve and Nellie Melba were also singers of those early years. After Mrs. Scorza's studies in New York with Madame Sembrich, she was taken to Milan, Italy to further her studies, learning the Italian Operas for her voice including 'La Traviata', 'La Boheme' and 'The Daughter of the Regiment' by Gaetano Donizetto. While in Milan in 1931 as she was making her debut where she sang the role of Amina in Vinacinzo Bellini's 'La Sonnambula', she met Mr. Mario Scorza. They left Italy for America at the height of Benito Mussolini's power and the beginning of World War II. The Great Depression had also begun and the theaters were closing their doors. Madame Sembrich died at the age of 85. This was the year 1933. The Italian Bel Canto had come to an end. The sustained sweet tones so loved and longed for by an art loving world now was gone forever and the modern style with it's vibrato had taken it's stand. What does Elaine Scorza do now? She tries hard to help the young of today to sing in the Italian Bel Canto in which she, as a young singer, was so fortunate to know and to understand. If one asked her how she felt about her past advantages, she would look up and exclaim 'I thank God for my Blessings'! Mrs. Scorza is survived by four lovely children, Giovanna Doyle, Mario Scorza, Yolanda Bolum, and Eugene Scorza; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grand. She also leaves behind many friends in the operatic circle, including Cornell MacNiel who is now retired but possesses one of the most sumptuous baritone voices of the 20th century's second half. She also enjoyed playing Beethoven and Chopin on the piano. What's this you may say? Yes, in addition to all of her life's achievements, she was also an accomplished concert pianist. A very talented, admired and loved performer, the likes of whom may not pass this way again. We will miss her. The Rosary will be recited on December 3, 2006 at 7:30PM at St. Piux X Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, December 4, 2006 at 10:00AM at St. Piux X Catholic Church, 3303 Urban Crest at Harry Wurzbach Rd. with Father Frances as celebrant. The interment will follow at Mission Burial Park North. You may sign the on-line guest book at www.missionparks.com under the obituary section. Mission Park Funeral Chapels North.

Published in Express-News on Dec. 3, 2006
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