MINNIE HAUK: AMERICAN OPERA STAR

This cabinet card features Amalia Mignon Hauck (1851-1929). She was best known as Minnie Hauk and she was a celebrated American opera soprano. Minnie Hauk was born in New York City and as a child also lived in Rhode Island and Kansas. She studied voice with Achille Errani and had her debut in Brooklyn at age 14. Her New York City debut occurred when she was fifteen years of age. She sang Juliette in the American premiere of “Romeo et Juliette” in 1867. She performed in London in 1868 and in Paris the following year. She was the first American “Carmen” (1878). Unfortunately her fame and success did not last throughout her life. By 1918 she was in poverty and nearly blind. To see other photographs by Alfred S. Campbell and to learn more about him, click on the category “Photographer: Campbell”.

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  1. Hi, I published another Hauk portrait here:

    http://grandopera.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/ristampe-minnie-focosa-diva/

    When Hauk made her debut in Europe, the newspapers wrote that she had grown up amongst native americans and that a millionaire had brought her to New York and built a theatre for her only.
    Beautiful blog, greetings from Venezia.


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