Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Dolly Broadhurst
See A Musical Biography by John Rowe Parker

Georgina Oldmixon
In a male-dominated profession, singer-actress Georgina Oldmixon was Philadelphia's best-known female performer. Having begun her career in London's Haymarket Theatre in 1783 and married a violinist, a decade later she was part of Reinagel and Wignell's company, and appeared in both plays and concerts. She was among featured artists in a concert of February 7, 1804, in the Philharmonic Society's Hall. (More at A Musical Biography by John Rowe Parker)

Sophia Hewitt Ostinelli
Sophia Henrietta Emma Hewitt was a musician, pianist and organist. She was married to violinist, Paul A. Louis Ostinelli. More at Women Music Educators in the United States: A History by Sondra Wieland Howe & A Musical Biography by John Rowe Parker

Mary Ann Pownall
Taming of the Shrew (1780)
Mary Ann Pownall
The leading singing actress on the American stage before 1800 was Mary Ann Wrighton Pownall (nee Mary Matthews, 1751-1796). Famous as an opera and concert singer in England, after coming to America in 1792 she performed in cities along the Atlantic Coast as a member of the Old American Theater Company. Her concert repertory included her own compositions, which exhibited the flowing melodies and strophic form typical of English popular song as well as more operatic ornamentation and dramatic climaxes. She also appeared in New York, and settled in Charleston where she died during a yellow fever epidemic in 1796. (Ref. Women and Music A History; Wikipedia)

Elizabeth von Hagen
Elizabeth Joanetta Catherine von Hagen (1750-1909/10) was born in Amsterdam. She was a music educator and was known as a composer and arranger of theatrical music. (Ref. Wikipedia)

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