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Kathleen McDermott

Kathleen McDermott
For a better understanding of Jenny Lind’s incredible life, we’ve invited visual artist and historian Kathleen McDermott (now in her 20th year teaching fashion history at Massachusetts College of Art and Design) to contribute to this blog. Jenny Lind is one of 26 divas featured in Kathleen’s DIVA Museum. Through art, writing, and public speaking, DIVA Museum shows how opera divas changed the world. DIVA Museum’s 26 great women singers from 1700 to 1920 triumphed over the social restraints of their day and contributed much more than people realize to women’s advancement. For diva fashion, museum events, videos, media interview, bibliography, online slideshows, and more, visit The Jenny Lind biography and illustration in this post is from Kathleen’s A DIVA Story Book, 1700-1920: 26 Singers Who Surmounted All Barriers; Their Genius Made Them Immortal. ©2014 Kathleen McDermott, DIVA Museum.

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THE DIVA: Jenny Lind

Jan 30, 2018 5:33:02 PM
By Kathleen McDermott

Jenny Lind's legacy seems to be everywhere lately: BLO's upcoming MFA event, "The Greatest Showman," and OperaHub's world premiere production "DIVAS."
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