Unlocking the Past | Soprano songbird wows Cessnock audiences

By Kimberly O'Sullivan
January 18 2022 - 6:00pm
EXCITEMENT: Superstar soprano Elsa Stralia performed at the Strand Theatre, Cessnock on October 15, 1925. Picture: Cessnock City Library Local Studies Collection

In 1881 Elsie Mary Fischer was born in Adelaide, an ordinary girl who transformed herself into an international musical superstar, performing at the highest level in London, New York and South Africa. She was an operatic soprano with an astounding and powerful voice, who adopted 'Elsa Stralia' as her stage name.

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