Emma Lucy Gates Bowen

Emma Lucy Ann Gates Bowen (November 5, 1882 – April 30, 1951) was an American opera singer and later the wife of Albert E. Bowen, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). She was often referred to as Lucy Gates and after her marriage as Lucy Gates Bowen or Lucy Bowen.

Emma Lucy Gates Bowen
A young white woman with dark hair, wearing a dark brimmed hat and a lace collar.
Lucy Gates
BornNovember 5, 1882
St. George, Utah Territory
DiedApril 30, 1951
Salt Lake City, Utah
SpouseAlbert E. Bowen
ParentSusa Young Gates
RelativesBrigham Young (grandfather)
B. Cecil Gates (brother)

Early life and educationEdit

Emma Lucy Gates was born to Jacob Forsberry Gates and Susa Young, in St. George, Utah Territory. She was a granddaughter of Brigham Young and Lucy Bigelow Young.[1]

Emma Lucy Gates Bowen, in costume.

Gates did not began her formal musical studies until the age of 12. At age 14, she won a piano competition at an eisteddfod held in Salt Lake City.[1] She studied both violin and piano as well as vocal performance. In 1898, she traveled to Göttingen, Germany to study. The next year she began studies at the Berlin Conservatory, but later began private studies under Blanche Corelli.[1]


Gates received a contract with the Royal Opera of Berlin in 1909 and in 1911 became the prima coloratura soprano with the Kassel Royal Opera.[2] In 1915, Gates formed the Lucy Gates Grand Opera Company with her brother B. Cecil Gates. After her marriage in 1916, she continued performing in operas and did recordings with Columbia Records.[3][4] She appeared in La traviata in Newark in 1919.[5] She sang at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1920,[6] and at New York's Aeolian Hall in 1920[7] and 1922.[8]

In 1928, Lucy Bowen served as an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention from Utah.[9] In 1937, her husband Albert Bowen was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church and it was about this time that Lucy ended most of her public music appearances, although she continued teaching those seeking to enter opera until her death. Her last public concert appearance was in 1948.[1]

Personal life and legacyEdit

In July 1916, Lucy Gates married widower Albert E. Bowen. Lucy and Albert Bowen did not have any children together, but she raised his twin sons from his first marriage. Bowen died in Salt Lake City of a cerebral hemorrhage,[10] leaving her husband a widower for the second time. One of the Heritage Halls at Brigham Young University is named for Bowen. There are collections of her papers in the Utah State Historical Society[11] and at Brigham Young University.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Madsen, Carol Cornwall. "Emma Lucy Gates Bowen". Utah History Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  2. ^ "Lucy Gates in New York". Musical Courier. 69: 17. November 18, 1914 – via Internet Archive.
  3. ^ Lucy Gates in the Discography of American Historical Recordings, University of California, Santa Barbara.
  4. ^ Brooks, Tim; Rust, Brian (1999). The Columbia Master Book Discography. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 128. ISBN 978-0-313-21464-6.
  5. ^ "Lucy Gates Receives Ovation in Newark Operatic Performance". Musical America. 31: 30. December 20, 1919.
  6. ^ "Lucy Gates in Brooklyn". Musical America. 31: 46. March 13, 1920.
  7. ^ "Lucy Gates as Damrosch's Soloist". Musical America. 13: 24. March 13, 1920.
  8. ^ "LUCY GATES SINGS.; Soprano Heard In Songs of Many Composers in Aeolian Hall". The New York Times. 1922-10-14. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  9. ^ Lawrence Kestenbaum. "Lucy Gates Bowen". Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2013-03-19.
  10. ^ State of Utah death certificate.
  11. ^ "Emma Lucy Gates Bowen Papers Finding Aid". Utah Department of Heritage and Arts. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  12. ^ "Collection: Emma Lucy Gates Bowen papers". BYU Library - Special Collections. Retrieved 2020-06-14.


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