Pyne, Louisa Fanny



Famous English soprano. Her father and uncle were both singers, and she early showed ability She studied under Sir George Smart, and in 1842 sang in public. In 1847 she created great enthusiasm in Paris, and in 1849 made a successful debut as Amina in La Sonnambula at Boulogne. Returning to England she appeared on the stage for the first time in London, as Zerlina in Don Juan. In 1854 she came to America, and created quite a furor, while in New York giving free concerts for the high schools and asylums. Returning to England in 1856 she and Mr. Harrison formed their wellknown English opera company, which played until 1862. Her last engagement was at Her Majesty's Theatre, and after marrying Mr. Frank Bodda, in 1868, she retired and taught singing. Her voice was exquisitely rich and flexible, her power of vocalization remarkable, and though she employed ornament it was with good taste. Her acting was no less commendable than her singing. Among her roles were Bohemian Girl, Rose of Castile, Maritana, Lurline, Daughter of the Regiment and Traviata.