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Pauline Lucca, opera soprano
Private collection of T. Max Hochstetler
Pauline Lucca (25 April, 1841 - 28 February, 1908)
Pauline Lucca was highly acclaimed opera soprano mentioned along with the great Adelina Patti, Etelka Gerster, and Clara Kellogg. Lucca was born in Austria and made her debut in 1859 at Olomouc as Elvira from the opera, "Emani."
She joined the Berlin Opera Company and performed the roles under the tutelage of Meyerbeer. Lucca replaced Jenny Lind as Vielka in Meyerbeer's opera, "Feldlanger." She later appeared in London at Covent Garden.
Along with Clara Louise Kellogg in 1872 she formed a traveling opera company which toured America from 1872 until 1874. Opera diva, Lilli Lehmann stated her favorite Carmen was Pauline Lucca. She most likely saw Lucca in one of her performances at the Metropolitan in New York during the American tour. Lucca returned to her home city, Vienna, and maintained a busy performance schedule until 1889. She often gave solo concerts with pianists and violinists after 1879 in Austria and Germany.
(Kindly contributed by T. Max Hochstetler)