Annie Louise Cary
1842 – 1921 A.D.
Annie Louise Cary, an American contralto. After studying abroad, she made her début in New York in 1870, singing with Nilsson, Brignoli, and Vieuxtemps. Her success with the public was instantaneous, and for years she was a favorite singer in the United States. In 1873, she created, in New York, the part of Amneris in Aïda, and after her tours in Russia in 1857 – 1877 were a series of continuous triumphs.
In 1882 she married Chas. M. Raymond, of Brooklyn, and retired from public life, only occasionally singing for charity. At her death she bequeathed $50,000 to the Peoples’ Symphony Orchestra of New York, and $50,000 to charitable and educational institutions.
Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.