Hungarian Prima Donna
1831 – 1877 A.D.
Thérèse Tietjens, a Hungarian prima donna, born in Hamburg. Her voice, even in childhood, gave so much promise of future excellence, that she was educated for the lyric stage, and when she made her début as Lucrezia Borgia, at the Hamburg Opera in 1849, she achieved an immediate success.
After singing a number of years in the various European cities, she appeared at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in 1858 as Valentine in The Huguenots, at once established herself as a favorite, and England from that time became her home, with the exception of a visit to Paris in 1863 and to America in 1876.
Mrs. Julian Marshall says: “Never was so mighty a soprano voice so sweet and luscious in its tone: like a serene, full light, without dazzle or glare, it filled the largest arena without appearing to penetrate. It had a mezzo-soprano quality extending to the highest register, perfectly even throughout, and softer than velvet.
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.