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HAYES, Catharine, vocalist, born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1825; died in Sydenham, England, 11 August, 1861. She early displayed a good voice, at the age of sixteen was placed under the tuition of Signor Sapio, an eminent vocal instructor in Dublin, and during her course with him made her first appearance at a public concert. She studied in the school of Manuel Garcia in Paris in 1844-'6, and in the autumn of 1845 appeared at Marseilles in " I Puritani." In 1846 she sang at Milan with much success. In 1849 she appeared at the Royal Italian opera, Covent Garden, London. Shortly afterward the success of Jenny Lind during her career in this country attracted attention, and Miss Hayes visited the United States in 1851. She sang in numerous concerts, oratorios, and ballad entertainments with success, extending her tour to the principal cities of the Union and British America. Her stay in this country lasted eighteen months, during which time she was married to a Mr. Bushnell. She then visited in succession South America, the Sandwich and other Polynesian islands, Australia, and the East, Indies. Returning to England in 1855, she made her re-en-trance in Italian opera at Covent Garden theatre, and soon afterward closed her professional career. Later she and her husband quietly spent several years in California and returned to England with an ample fortune. Catharine Hayes had a remarkably full, sympathetic mezzo-soprano voice, which she used with great effect in slow movements and in ballads. Her rendering of Bellini's "Casta Diva" and of Crouch's "Kathleen Mavourneen" could scarcely be excelled.
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