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date: 22 January 2020

Richings [Reynoldson], (Mary) Carolinelocked

  • Dee Baily


(b England, 1827; d Richmond, va, Jan 14, 1882). American impresario and singer. Taken to the USA at an early age and adopted by the actor Peter Richings, she began her musical career as a concert pianist. She later studied singing and made her operatic début at the Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, as Marie in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment (9 February 1852). She performed as pianist and singer in the Richings Opera Company, which her father had formed in 1859, and became its director on his retirement in 1867. In the same year she married Peter Bernard, a tenor in the troupe, which, under the name Richings-Bernard Company, toured the USA extensively. In 1870 they joined forces briefly with Euphrosyne Parepa-Rosa, their chief rival, as the Caroline Richings-Bernard Grand Opera Combination; but Clara Kellogg lured most of the good singers away and the venture failed financially....

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Dictionary of American Biography (New York, 1928-37, suppls., 1944-)