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Nordica, Lillian

William Lichtenwanger

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Nordica, Lillian (12 December 1857–10 May 1914), the first American soprano to achieve top rank as a prima donna, was born Lillian Norton in Farmington, Maine, the daughter of Edwin Norton, a farmer and photographer, and Amanda Allen. (The year of her birth has mistakenly been given as 1859, and the date of her death as 12 May.) She studied voice from 1871 to 1876 with John O’Neill at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. On 30 September 1876 she made an impressive debut as soloist with ...

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Subjects: Voice

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