Lebrun, Francesca


The daughter of Danzi and wife of Ludwig August Lebrun. Was born at Mannheim, and possessed a remarkable voice, absolutely pure and ranging as high as F. Through careful study and work she became one of Germany's best singers. She was only sixteen at her first public appearance. The next year she was given an engagement at the Mannheim Opera. She accompanied her husband on his concert tours, and was everywhere well received. She sang two or three seasons in London, in 1785 in Munich, then going again to Italy. At the opening of a season's engagement in Berlin, in 1790, her husband died, and, overcome with grief, she died the following May. Mme. Lebrun was also a good pianist and published some sonatas with violin accompaniment, and some trios for piano, violin and violoncello.