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Open Features: Jenny Lind

Peter Wintersgill outlines the career of Jenny Lind, known as the Swedish nightingale.

Born
6th. October 1820 in Stockholm.

Adult life
Studied in Stockholm. Opera debut there 1838 as Agathe in Der Freischutz, stayed till 1840. Studied in Paris with Garcia:
Berlin debut as Norma 1844, created leading role in Meyerbeer's Feldlager in Schlesin. Sang in Hamburg, Frankfurt & Vienna. London debut as Alice in Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable 1847, created role of Audia in Verdi's I Masnadieri, also sang Amina in Bellini's La Somnambula & Marie in Donizetti's' La Fille de Regiment.

Retired from opera 1849, sang only in concerts, beginning in U.S.A., where she married the conductor Otto Goldschmit, with whom she travelled to London & helped him to found the Bach Choir. She was Professor of Singing at the R.C.M. from 1883. Known as "The Swedish Nightingale", her pure & agile voice made her a great favourite. She retired in 1870.

She died 2nd November 1887 in Malvern Wells aged 67.

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