Greatest Opera Singers

Greatest Opera Singers

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Lillian Blauvelt (Soprano) (Brooklyn 1873 - Chicago 1947)

She originally studied violin, and actually gave a concert when she was only 8 years old. She began her vocal studies in New York in 1889, and then studied in Paris. She had a very successful concert debut in Brussels in 1893, which led to a contract with the Brussels Opera that same year. After a tour of Germany and Russia, she returned to America and mainly sang in concert. In 1897 she first appeared in London, both on the stage and in concert. In 1898 she sang in Verdi's Requiem in Rome, and in 1902 she sang at the Coronation of King Edward VII in London. She then appeared in concerts all over Europe, and after 1903 sang frequently at Covent Garden. She continued to sing, mainly in concert, until 1920. Later, she lived and taught in Chicago, where she died in 1947. Lillian Blauvelt was one of the first singers to record for Victor Red Seal discs in 1903.

Blauvelt also studied with Anna E. Schoen-René, who mentions her student in "America's Musical Inheritance: memories and reminiscences" (1941). Schoen-René took Blauvelt to sing for her own teachers, Manuel García, and his famous sister, Pauline Viardot-Garcia around 1901. I so enjoy your blog! Thank you for your efforts and interests.

I wish to thank Daniel James Shigo for providing information

 Chronology of some appearances

1900 London Covent Garden
1905 New York Lyceum Theatre 


Columbia, New York 1909
Ouvrez (Dessauer) A5119 30253

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