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date: 14 November 2019

Lind [Lind-Goldschmidt], Jenny [Johanna Maria]locked

  • Elizabeth Forbes

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[Johanna Maria]

(b Stockholm, Oct 6, 1820; d Wynds Point, Herefordshire, Nov 2, 1887). Swedish soprano. She was nicknamed ‘the Swedish nightingale’. In 1830 she was enrolled at the Royal Opera School, Stockholm. She made her début in 1838 as Agathe in Der Freischütz; later that year she sang Pamina and Euryanthe. She appeared in La vestale, Robert le diable (1839), Don Giovanni (as Donna Anna), Lucia di Lammermoor (1840) and La straniera, and as Norma, which she sang for the first time in 1841. Her voice began to show signs of fatigue, the middle register being particularly worn, and she went to Paris to consult the younger Manuel Garcia, who imposed a period of rest before taking her as a pupil. When she returned to Stockholm, appearing in Norma in October 1842, an improvement in her voice and technique was immediately apparent. The middle register remained veiled in tone and relatively weak for the rest of her career, but the notes from ...

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