Cary, Annie Louise


One of the most distinguished and popular American contraltos, who had a long and successful career as a singer in opera, oratorio and concert. She was born in Wayne, Maine, and studied first at Boston and later at Milan, to which musical center she went, in 1866, to prepare for an operatic career. Her teacher was Giovanni Corsi, and after fifteen months' study she secured an operatic engagement at Copenhagen. For two seasons she sang there with great success, then went to Baden-Baden as a pupil of Mme. Viardot-Garcia, and in 1869 sang in Brussels. She then went to Paris, to pursue her studies with Maurice Strakosch and Bottesini. She made successful tours in London, St. Petersburg, and other European cities. She returned to the United States, in 1870, and from then on until her retirement in 1882 was most popular, her voice being of great range and remarkable sweetness. She married Charles Mensen Raymond in 1882 and has since resided in New York City.