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Valleria (real name, Schoening), Alwina

Valleria (real name, Schoening), Alwina

Valleria (real name, Schoening), Alwina, noted American soprano; b. Baltimore, Oct. 12, 1848; d. Nice, Feb. 17,1925. She went to London and entered the Royal Academy of Music in 1867, where she studied piano with W. H. Holmes and voice with Wallworth; after further studies with Arditi, she made her formal debut in a London concert on June 2, 1871. On Oct. 23, 1871, she made her operatic debut with the Italian Opera in St. Petersburg in Linda di Chamounix;after appearances in Germany and Italy, she returned to London and sang at the Drury Lane Theatre (1873-75), Her Majesty’s Theatre (1877-78), and Covent Garden (1879-82). On Oct. 22,1879, she made her U.S. debut as Marguerite in N.Y. with Mapleson’s company; after appearances with the Carl Rosa company in England (1882-83), she returned to the U.S. and made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Leonora in II Trovatoreon Oct. 26,1883, remaining on its roster for the season; then pursued her career in England until retiring in 1886.

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