Nadine Conner

Nadine Conner

Show Count: 16
Series Count: 1
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: February 20, 1907
Old Time Radio, Compton, California, USA
Died: March 1, 2003, Los Alamitos, California, USA
An American operatic soprano, radio singer and music teacher, she was born in Compton, California as Evelyn Nadine Henderson, and was the descendent of some of the earliest non-Hispanic settlers in California.

Early Life

Diagnosed as a teenager with pulmonary disease, her doctor suggested she try studying classical singing to strengthen her lungs, as was customary at the time. Following his instructions, she began studying privately with Hollywood-based tenor, Amado Fernandez, during high school. In a fluke of fate, a great voice and singing talent emerged. Her natural potential revealed, she went on to study more seriously with Horatio Cogswell, and later in New York City with Florence Easton.


She took her stage surname from her first husband, whom she divorced after two years of marriage. She would later marry a general medical practitioner, Dr. Heacock, and Nadine Heacock was the name she used in her private life. She appeared on The Voice of Firestone, on radio with stars such as Bing Crosby and Nelson Eddy, and did a musical tour with Gordon MacRae.

But by the end of 1939, she was embarking on a career in classical opera. She made her professional debut in 1940 as Marguerite in Vladimir Rosing's Los Angeles production of Gounod's Faust. She sang with the Los Angeles Opera from 1939 to 1941. In 1941, she began her career at the Metropolitan Opera, making her debut as Pamina in The Magic Flute (sung in English).

She made numerous guest appearance in European opera houses, starting in 1953 and was also heard in a wide range of concert repertoire. She made a notable recording of the Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem with conductor Bruno Walter.

She became an acclaimed performer, excelling not only in Mozart, but gathering acclaim for her interpretation of Mimi in La Boheme, and an especially thrilling Violetta in La Traviata. She was comfortable in both lyric and coloratura roles. In all, she performed 249 times at the Met, retiring in 1960. She recorded with CBS, Cetra, Melodram, Discocorp, and Camden.

Source: Wikipedia

Railroad Hour, TheRailroad Hour, The
Show Count: 201
Broadcast History:
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Cast: Gordon MacRae, Stanley Farrar, Nadine Conner , Tom McKee, Mary Jane Croft, Ken Christy, Norma Varden, Herb Butterfield, Theodore von Eltz, Dorothy Kirsten, Jane Powell
Director: Norman Luboff
The Railroad Hour was a radio series of musical dramas and comedies broadcast from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s. Even though the shows do feature scripts, it was all about the songs - so if you love a good old sing-along, The Railroad Hour will tick all of the boxes.