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date: 17 August 2019

Weldon [née Thomas, later Treherne], Georgina locked

  • Julie Anne Sadie

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(b Clapham, May 24, 1837; d Brighton, Jan 11, 1914). English soprano and composer . She married Captain Weldon in 1860, but they had separated before she met Charles-François Gounod (aged 53) in London in 1871. That year she sang in London at the St James’s Hall Popular Concerts, the Crystal Palace, the Philharmonic Society and elsewhere; Gounod invited her to Paris to take the solo soprano part in his patriotic cantata Gallia at Notre Dame, the Opéra-Comique and the Conservatoire. They returned to London in November and took up residence at her home in Tavistock House, Bloomsbury, which also housed the orphan children attending her National Training School of Music. When Gounod suffered a stroke in 1873, leaving him unconscious for extended periods, Weldon experienced visions and claimed to have heard Christ speak to her during her bedside vigils. Gounod recovered and returned to Paris in June 1874...

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