Friday, December 9, 2011

Scranton's Musical Stars - Lillian Raymondi


On February 3, 1947, South Scranton native Lillian Raymondi appeared in Carmen with the San Carlos Opera Company of New York. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ventimigia, but for the stage, she used her mother’s maiden name. Her father was a singing baker who struggled over a mixing machine and a brick oven to help his talented daughter scale the heights of fame. He had been a baker since the age of 12. In 1947, he was 42. Mr. Ventimigia said, “My father was a miller from Sicily, so you might say I was born in a bakery.” He put in 10 hour days in the bakery and six hours on the road delivering 300 to 400 loaves of bread a day to pay for his daughter’s singing lessons.

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