Nau, Maria Dolores Benedicta Josefine



Noted soprano singer, of Spanish parentage; born in New York City. She was a pupil at the Paris Conservatory, where she developed a fine soprano voice, and in a competition among pupils, in 1834, won the first prize. Two years later she made a successful debut at the Paris Opera as Page in the Huguenots. She sang minor roles at the Opera until 1842, and then went to Brussels and London, where she was very popular, and returned for a four years' engagement at the Opera in Paris. In 1848 she went to London, then to the United States, winning great renown; back to London at the Princess Theatre, and was in Paris from 1851 to 1853. In 1854 she came again to the United States, where she was most enthusiastically welcomed. In 1854 Mile. Nau returned to Paris, and two years later retired from the stage.