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‘Lind mania’, the mid-19th-century cult that surrounded the Swedish soprano Jenny Lind (1820–1887), had an international reach. It can be traced through photography, engravings, ballads, song collections and commodity gadgets associated with Lind. Although her voice was never recorded, we aim to give a flavour of the repertoire Lind performed and our exhibition explore material relating to her and her husband Otto Goldschmidt.

Dr Francesca Vella, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Music, also gives a short talk about how Jenny Lind’s voice and celebrity were constructed and discussed in mid-19th-century London.

This event is part of a partnership between Cambridge University Library and the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Townshend’s bequest of his books, autograph manuscripts and other objects to Wisbech. Townshend and Lind were friends, and the objects on display include a signed copy of one of Lind’s songs.

Part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Free, no need to book. All welcome.

Milstein Seminar Rooms
Tuesday, 16 October, 2018