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date: 11 December 2019

Barry, Flora Elizabethlocked

  • Laurie Blunsom

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(b Paris, ME, Sept 18, 1836; d after 1920). American contralto and teacher. Barry descended from old New England stock dating back to the early Puritans. She began her vocal studies early, and her first public appearances in 1863 were in Boston with the Mendelssohn Quintette Club and the Handel and Haydn Society. She later studied with Luigi Vannucini in Florence, Italy. Barry had significant success as a singer, performing operatic roles and singing oratorios throughout the USA and in Canada and Mexico. Married twice, Barry’s first husband was John S. Cary, brother of the singer Annie Louise Cary. Her second marriage to artist Charles A. Barry in 1868 ended in a sensational divorce in 1873. From 1877, Barry concentrated her musical career on teaching. She continued to be known and respected as a voice teacher in Boston well into her 80s.

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