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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

Identity:

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.

Life:

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).

Bibliography:

The New Grove Dictionary of Music Online ed. L. Macy at http://www.grovemusic.com (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.