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Lillian Jane Henschel, 1860-1901

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1860.01.18
Place of Birth: Columbus, OH
Date of Death: 1901.11.04
Place of Death: Kensington, London


Lillian Jane Henschel was a celebrated American soprano. She married the Hungarian composer and baritone George Henschel in 1881 and worked closely with him in concert and recital.


Henschel was a pupil of the soprano Hermine Rudersdorff and later of Mme Viardot-Garcia. She made her concert debut in Boston in 1876 and and went on to establish a successful career. Just before her marriage in Boston in 1881, she and her future husband appeared as Gretchen and Mephistopheles in Berlioz's La damnation de Faust (1880).


The New Grove Dictionary of Music Online ed. L. Macy at (accessed 25.09.2003); Who Was Who In America, vol. 1, 1897-1942, Chicago, 1963; Henschel, George , Musings & Memories of a Musician, New York, 1919.