Nordica, Lillian

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Nordica, Lillian [ Lillian Norton] (b Farmington, Maine, 1857; d Batavia, Java, 1914). Amer. soprano. Concert débuts NY 1876, London 1878, under name Lilly Norton. Milan 1879 (as ‘Nordica’) as Elvira (Don Giovanni). Paris début 1882; NY (Acad. of Mus.) 1883; CG 1887; NY Met 1891. First Amer. to sing at Bayreuth, 1894 ( Elsa in Lohengrin). Became noted singer of Isolde, Brünnhilde, and Kundry in USA and Europe from 1895 to her death.