Clara Louise Kellogg
1842 – 1916 A.D.
Clara Louise Kellogg, an American singer, born at Sumterville, S.C. She made her professional début in 1860 at Pittsburgh as a member of a concert company. She made her first appearance in opera in New York in 1861, and when she was only twenty created the rôle of Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust.
Henceforth she was one of the most popular American singers, and was also cordially received in England when she sang with Christine Nilsson. In 1874 she organized her own opera company in English. She had an extensive repertory, a pure and flexible soprano voice, and dramatic ability of a high order.
In 1887 she married her manager, Carl Strakosch, and soon after retired from professional life.
Her reminiscences were published in 1913 as Memoirs of an American Prima Donna.
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.