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Clara Louise Kellogg 1842 ~ 1916


Clara Louise Kellogg

Clara Louise Kellogg was born July 12, 1842, at Sumterville, South Carolina.

Her father was the well-known inventor, George Kellogg, and her childhood was spent in Birmingham, Connecticut.

In 1860 she made her debut in the Academy of Music in "Rigoletto," and in 1864 she appeared as Marguerite in Gounod's "Faust," making a remarkable success, and was considered the greatest impersonator of that role ever seen in this country.

After this brilliant success Miss Kellogg went to London, and appeared at her Majesty's Theatre and at the Crystal Palace the same year.

In 1868 she toured the United States in concert under Max Strakosch. In 1869 she sang Italian Opera in New York City, and for three years enjoyed a great triumph. She then organized her own company, singing in English.

In 1876 she organized another opera company, and appeared as Aida and Carmen. After this she again sang in concert throughout the country for several years. In 1880 she accepted an engagement in Austria to sing in opera, and here she sang in Italian with a company of German singers. Later the tour was extended to Russia and she sang with marked success in St. Petersburg. She was the first American artist to win recognition in Europe.

Having amassed quite a fortune on the stage, she retired in 1889. She became the wife of Carl Strakosch.

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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