Jenny Lind

Jenny Lind was born at Stockholm, October 6, 1820, and died at Malvern Wells, England, November 2, 1887.

She received her first training at the Operatic School connected with the Stockholm court Theater, where she made her debut, in 1838.

In 1841 she went to Paris and studied under Garcia.

Success all over Europe and in England followed, such as has rarely been achieved by any artist.

In 1849, however, she retired from the operatic stage, confining her attention to concert work.

In 1850 she went to America, and remained in that country for two years.

Her success there was overwhelming.

She returned to Europe in 1852 with a balance of $150,000, two thirds of which she devoted to benevolent institutions in Sweden.

While in Boston she married Otto Goldschmidt, who had acted as her accompanist.

After a long stay in Dresden, Germany, Jenny Lind-Goldschmidt returned to London, and in 1883 taught signing at the Royal College of Music.

Her last noteworthy public appearance was at the Rhenish Musical Festival, Dusseldorf, in her husband’s oratorio, Ruth (1870).

Perhaps the world never had a sweeter singer than Jenny Lind, or one who gave so freely of her time, ability and money to the cause of charity.

In England her name is revered as one of the greatest figures of the Victorian era, while in America those who heard her and remember tell us there have been none like her since.