Johanna Maria Lind

(Jenny Lind)

1820 - 1887

The Swedish nightingale. Born in Stockholm, she trained at the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre and by the age 20 she was a popular professional operatic soprano and court singer to the King of Sweden and Norway. She proved incredibly popular, achieving super-star status. She toured across Europe and visited the USA 1850-52. In Scotland she sang at the Theatre Royal in both Glasgow and Edinburgh (1847), while her performances in London were attended by Queen Victoria (1847 and 1849).

Lind is commemorated in the names of places around the world, in ships, in film, on Swedish banknotes and in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey. Lind clearly proved popular in Scotland, because she had both a district of Glasgow and type of fancy bread loaf, which is glazed with egg, named after her.

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