Monday, August 4, 2014

One Night Only! Miss Clara Louise Kellogg

According to what I've been able to find in regards to Clara Louise Kellogg, she retired from singing in 1887 which means the playbill pre-dates 1887.  At the bottom it says Union City Times so I'm assuming this was the opening night performance for the new opera house in Union City Tennessee. :)

In addition to Clara Louis Kellog the other members of the company were Miss Carrie Morse, Mr. Henry Dickmann, Mr. William H. Lee and Mr. Charles E. Pratt.  Reserved seats $1.00, on sale at Polk's Drug Store Monday, November 3d.

Clara Louise Kellogg was an American Opera Singer born 1842 in South Carolina.  From an early age she enjoyed singing and playing the piano. The Kellog family moved to Connecticut when she was about five years old and moved again in 1857 to New York where she began studying voice at age 14.  She made her professional debut in Pittsburgh in 1860 as a "utility singer."    The following year she made her first appearance as Gilda in "Rigoletto."  She continued to have a successful career as a soprano travelling back and forth between Europe and the United States.  She married Carl Strakosh in 1886 and the following year retired as a professional singer.  She died May 3 1861 from Cancer in New Hartford, Connecticut.

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