Category: Biographies

Luigi Lablache

Luigi Lablache

A great heart in a great body, a great soul in a great voice, such was Luigi Lablache. He was born at Naples, December 6, 1794. His mother was Irish, and his father, Nicolas...

Angelica Catalani

Angelica Catalani

One of the first among the queens of song, Angelica Catalani presents a figure of striking interest. In her case marvelous vocal powers were allied with personal beauty. She was born along a tide...

Giovanni Battista Rubini

Giovanni Battista Rubini

Rubini divides the palm with Mario. In many respects it is difficult to decide how much of the palm should be given to either, or whether it should be equally divided. The weight of...

Maddalena Allegranti

Maddalena Allegranti

Maddalena Allegranti was born in Venice in 1754 and died in 1829. She was a pupil of Holtzbauer (a composer and teacher) of Mannheim, and appeared for the first time in Venice in 1771....

Marietta Alboni

Marietta Alboni

Marietta Alboni was the most celebrated contralto of the 19th century. She was born at Cesena, Romagna March 10, 1823 and died June 23, 1894 near Paris. Her first instruction was received in her...

Tomaso Albinoni

Tomaso Albinoni

Tomaso Albinoni was a dramatic composer and violinist. He was born in Venice June 8, 1671 and died January 17, 1751 in Venice. He married Antonia Biffi in 1705. The particulars of his life...

Vincent Adler

Vincent Adler

Vincent Adler was born April 3, 1826 in Hungary and died January 4, 1871 in Geneva. He was a composer who lived in Paris and belonged to the school of Stephen Heller. He studied...

adolphe sax

Adolphe Sax

Adolphe Sax was born Antoine Joseph Sax on November 6, 1814 in Dinant and died February 2, 1894 in Paris. He was brought up in his father’s workshop, and as a child was remarkable...

theodore-spierling

Theodore Spiering

Theodore Spiering was born at St. Louis, Missouri in 1871, and showed aptitude for the violin at an early age. Theodore Spiering’s first teacher was his father, but in 1886 he was sent to...

jenny-lind

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...