Daughter of actor Frank Mayo, soprano Eleanor Mayo began her career in 1893 singing the lead in "King Rene's Daughter," a one-act lyric drama by Julian Edwards staged at Herrmann's Theater in New York. She alternated concert work with stage work early in her career, reluctant to engage in vehicles that did not show her artistry to advantage. She made Willard Spenser's comic opera "Princess Bonnie" a hit at the Chestnut Theatre in Philadelphia in 1894, contemplated a European sojourn to complete her vocal training, but found such ready success that she abandoned that plan.
In 1895 she married James Elverson, Jr., managing director of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and retired from the stage. She thereafter restricted her singing to charitable events and society occasions. David S. Shields/ALS