Clara Novello

(1818—1908) singer

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(b London, 1818; d Rome, 1908). Eng. soprano, daughter of Vincent Novello. Concert début Windsor, 1832. Sang solo sop. part in f. Eng. p of Beethoven's Mass in D, 1832. Sang at Worcester Fest. 1833 and in Mendelssohn's St Paul, Birmingham 1837. Mendelssohn engaged her for Leipzig Gewandhaus concerts, leading to triumphs in Ger. Opera début Bologna, 1841, in Semiramide. Gave up career on marriage in 1843, but resumed it in 1849. On return to Eng. in 1851, became leading oratorio singer in choral fests. Retired 1861.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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