Van Zandt, Marie



American singer, who was born in Texas, where her father was a ranch owner. Her early life on the plains did much toward preserving her charming simplicity. Her mother had also been a singer, at one time in opera under the direction of Max Maretzek, and she gave her daughter her first instruction. The Civil War made havoc with the family's finances and they removed to New York, and in 1873 to London, where Marie attended a convent school. While there she received much encouragement from Patti. After studying under Lamperti she made her debut at Milan in 1879, as Zerlina, and also in La Sonnambula. The next year she was well received in London, and the year following at the Opera Comique in Paris she made quite a sensation as Mignon. She has sung in the principal European cities and in America and always is well received. She was married in 1898 in Paris to Petrovitch de Tcherinoff, a Russian state councillor, and professor at the Imperial Academy of Moscow.