Jenny Lind

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Daguerreotype o Jenny Lind. (Photo bi Poly Von Schneidau, New York, 1850)

Johanna Maria Lind (6 October 1820 – 2 November 1887), better kent as Jenny Lind, wis a Swadish opera sangster, aften kent as the "Swadish Nichtingale". Ane o the maist heichly regairdit sangsters o the 19t century, she performit in soprano roles in opera in Swaden an athort Europe, an unnerteuk an extraordinarily popular concert tour o Americae beginning in 1850. She wis a member o the Ryal Swadish Academy o Muisic frae 1840.

Lind became famous efter her performance in Der Freischütz in Swaden in 1838. Athin a few years, she haed suffered vocal damage, but the singin teacher Manuel García saved her voice. She wis in great demand in opera roles throuoot Swaden an northern Europe durin the 1840s, an wis closely associatit wi Felix Mendelssohn. Efter twa acclaimit saisons in Lunnon, she annooncit her retirement frae opera at the age o 29.

In 1850, Lind went tae Americae at the invitation o the showman P. T. Barnum. She gae 93 muckle-scale concerts for him an then continued tae tour unner her awn management. She earned mair nor $350,000 frae these concerts, donatin the proceeds tae charities, principally the endowment o free schuils in Sweden. Wi her new husband, Otto Goldschmidt, she returned tae Europe in 1852 whaur she haed three childer an gae occasional concerts ower the next twa decades, settlin in Ingland in 1855. Frae 1882, for some years, she wis a professor o singin at the Royal College of Music in Lunnon.