Woman of the Century/Marie Van Zandt
VAN ZANDT, Miss Marie, opera singer, born in Texas. 8th October, 1861. She is the daughter of the well-known singer, Mrs. Jennie Van Zandt, who was the daughter of Sign or Antonio Blitz. Family reverses compelled Mrs. Van Zandt to use her musical talents in earning a livelihood. Mane early displayed strong musical tendencies, and her voice, even in childhood, was remarkable for range and quality. She was trained by her mother and other teachers, and in 1873 she went with her mother to London, Eng., where she MARIE VAN ZANDT. studied in a convent school There she sang before Adelina Patti, who advised her to train for an operatic career. She was associated with Patti for some time and learned much from that queen of the operatic stage. She went to Milan, Italy, and studied with Lamperti. and in 1879 she made her operatic début in Turin as Zerlina, winning a triumph from the first. She sang there in "La Somnambula." In 1880 she appeared in London, in Her Majesty's Opera Company, repeating her success before the cold and unmusical English public. In 1881 she made her debut in Paris, in the Opera Comique, in Mignon, and she sang there during four seasons. Her repertory is extensive Her voice is a pure soprano, of remarkable volume and sweetness, and of great compass. She has sung in the principal music centers of Europe, and she is ranked among the foremost sopranos of the time.