B1241. CLARA LOUISE KELLOGG. Memoirs of an American Prima Donna. New York, Putnam’s, 1913. 382pp. Index; Photos.
“Kellogg was born in Sumterville, South Carolina in 1842, but her parents moved to Derby, Connecticut later that year. Once her musical talent became evident, the family moved to New York City so she could receive a proper education. After joining a touring operatic company, she made her début in New York as Gilda in RIGOLETTO on 26 February, 1861. The opera company in New York kept her happily busy for several weeks. Then war broke out in April. Somehow the company managed to survive throughout the war. Near the end of the war, it even mounted the American premiere of Gounod’s FAUST, with Kellogg singing the rôle of Marguerite. In 1867 she made her English début in that rôle and enjoyed success in London for a year. In 1874 Kellogg organized an opera company widely known in the United States, and her enterprise and energy in directing it were remarkable. She divided the rest of her career between the United States and Europe (performing also in Austria and Russia.) She retired from her illustrious career in 1887, a career she never could have had if she had not been able to overcome the Civil War years.”
- Loyal Bluto