Today in History: Jenny Lind

Jenny Lind in the opera of La Somnambula
Today in History–September 11–the Library of Congress features soprano Jenny Lind, who made her American debut in New York City on this date in 1850. The concert was the first of a 93-stop American tour for the 19th-century singing sensation who sang opera as well as popular songs. Learn more about the “Swedish nightingale” by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below.

Jenny Lind image set

Jenny Lind sheet music

Jenny Lind’s prize song (sheet music & song sheets)

Jenny Lind polka primary sources

Jenny Lind’s Set of Waltzquadrilles (dance manual)

Jenny Lind newspaper articles 1850-1851

More Jenny Lind newspaper articles (through 1922)

Vala, a mythological tale 1851 (Deals with “the principal incidents in the career of a reigning musical celebrity [i.e. Jenny Lind]” )