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Jenny Lind
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Jenny Lind

Johanna Maria Lind (October 6, 1820 - November 2, 1887), better known as Jenny Lind, was a Swedish-born singer.

From a young age, she was noted for her singing voice. When she was nine years old, her singing was overheard by a passerby, who the next day came with a music master and paid who had charge of Lind to give her up. She began to sing on stage when she was ten, and by the age of 16 she was a favorite in the Royal Swedish Opera. She was received throughout Europe with tremendous acclaim.

In 1850, Lind sailed to the United States and under the management of P.T. Barnum, went on a concert tour of a number of cities. The tour was a great success, and she became known in the press as the "Swedish Nightingale". While in the States, she married a young pianist, Otto Goldschmidt. They returned to Europe together in 1852 and she ceased her singing career. She became a philanthropist.

See also: List of Swedes in music