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BISHOP, Anna, singer, born in London, England, in 1814; died in New York City, 18 March 1884. She was the daughter of a drawing-master named Ri-vi5re, studied the piano-forte under Moscheles, became distinguished for her singing, in 1831 became the wife of the composer Sir Henry Rowley Bishop, and took a prominent part in the oratorios and country festivals in England. On the advice of the harpist Boehsa, she cultivated Italian music, and, eloping with him in 1839, she sang in the principal cities of the continent till 1843, and then in Italy, where she achieved success as an operatic singer.
In 1846 she returned to England, and m 1847 crossed the Atlantic and sang with great applause in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In 1855, while making a tour in Australia, Bochsa, her companion, died. After her return to the United States she married Martin Schultz, a merchant of New York. She continued to sing in American cities, where her high and flexible soprano voice was highly appreciated, and made various tours to Australia, China, the East Indies, and Spanish-American countries. In February 1866, on a voyage from Honolulu to China, the vessel was wrecked on a coral reef, and she suffered forty days of privation, but reached the La-drone islands in safety, whence she embarked for Manila and sang there and in China, although her wardrobe and jewelry were lost. in 1868 she lost her voice and retired from the concert stage.*Robert Nicholas Charles Bochsa, the musician with whom Madam Bishop eloped, was born in Montm6dy, France, in 1789, and was a performer in public upon the piano-forte when seven years of age. He was first harpist in Napoleon's private concerts, and wrote about 150 compositions for the harp in a new and superior style. In 1822 he became director of the oratorios in London.
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