Titiens - Her Majesty's Prima Donna: Victorian London's Opera Idol Therese Titiens (Tietjens) 1831-1877

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9780955066702: Titiens - Her Majesty's Prima Donna: Victorian London's Opera Idol Therese Titiens (Tietjens) 1831-1877
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This is the first comprehensive biography of Titiens. Secrets of Victorian opera is revealed through the glittering life and tragic death of international soprano Titiens (Therese Tietjens) 1831-1877, her intriguing relationships with London theatre impresarios Benjamin Lumley and 'Colonel' James Henry Mapleson, as well as with other famous personalities of the time. Born in Hamburg, Titiens died in London aged only forty-six after a dazzling career and a stunning final performance at Her Majesty's Theatre. A favourite of Queen Victoria, she associated with many other great names of the day, including Verdi, Wagner, Sullivan, Patti and Nilsson. Here is the truth about her mysterious noble ancestry, the prima donna lifestyle, her name, voice, physique and the tragic 'curse of Lucrezia'. Discover too why her performances were never recorded. Written by a family member, it is fully indexed and with contemporary and often rare illustrations from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Philharmonic Society, Bodleian Library Oxford, Lilly Library USA and others, together with extracts from the journal of Her Majesty Queen Victoria.

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During her early years, at the same school once attended by author and broadcaster J B Priestley, Susie Timms became an accomplished guitarist, singer, composer, pianist, and master class student of ballet, recorded for the BBC and appeared in many stage events. She was a librarian at the University of Cambridge and sang there in a college choir, exhibited as a fine artist, and also toured in musical theatre. Susie has published articles in magazines and journals for over 30 years, written and edited corporate magazines, co-edited films for international exhibition and produced a Victorian history interactive CD-ROM for The National Trust. Her latest history books include: 'Mapleson: Victorian opera impresario' and 'Jacob's Journey: Discovering the National Psalmody'.

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