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Jenny Lind - Swedish Nightingale in Malvern

One of the most esteemed singers in the 19th century, Jenny Lind was a Swedish opera singer. After an extremely successful career, she settled in Wynd's Point at the foot of British Camp on the Malvern Hills to live her final years.  She is buried in the Great Malvern Cemetery on Madresfield Road. Her grave can be found in plot 3, grave number 1264. A sign post points the way.

Born in 1820, she first attracted notoriety singing as Agathe in Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischutz in 1838 at the Swedish Royal Opera. After this performance, Jenny toured Europe to growing acclaim, although it is believed she suffered from stage fright throughout her career. Hans Christian Andersen met Jenny Lind in 1843 and fell in love with her.  The romantic feelings were not returned but they became good friends. Andersen's subsequent stories, "The Ugly Duckling", "The Angel" and "The Nightingale" were thought to be inspired by her. Jenny also became close friends with Felix Mendelssohn. Upset by his death in 1847 at the age of 38, she was unable to sing the part he had written for her in Elijah for over a year.

At the invitation by US showman P T Barnum, Jenny conducted an extremely successful tour of the United States, Cuba and Canada in 1850 - 1852 This helped make her a very wealthy woman and allowed her to further live up to her reputation as a philanthropist, giving to numerous charities throughout her life.  While in America, in 1952, she married a pianist, Otto Goldschmidt and subsequently had three children. 

In 1883 Jenny Lind moved to live in Malvern after her daughter had moved to the area and she died of cancer in 1887.