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PAREPA-ROSA, Euphrosyne, singer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 7 May, 1836; died in London, England, 21 January, 1874. Her mother was Elizabeth Seguin, a singer, sister of Arthur Edward Seguin, and her father, Demetrius Parepa, Baron de Boyescu, a Wallachian boyar, who died while she was an infant. She was educated for the operatic stage under eminent masters, made her debut at Malta when she was sixteen years old, sang with success in the Italian Cities and in Madrid, and in 1857 appeared in London. Her voice was a soprano of immense volume, with a compass of two octaves and a half, reaching to D in alt, and her execution was good; yet in opera her success was only moderate. She therefore turned to oratorio and concert singing, achieving a pronounced success, and took part in the Handel revival in England. In 1863 she married Captain Henry De Wolfe Carvell, a British army officer, who died sixteen months later. In 1866 she came to the United States on a concert-tour with Carl Rosa, making her first appearance in Boston, on 26 September, in concert. She sang operatic arias, songs of the great German composers, and English ballads, subsequently performed in Handel's " Messiah" and "Samson," and finally in Mozart's " Marriage of Figaro," Weber's" Oberon," and other operas, which were given with English words. With Carl Rosa, whom she married in New York in February, 1867, she established the Parepa-Rosa English opera company. She became popular with the American public, and did much to elevate its musical taste. In June, 1869, she sang at the Peace jubilee in Boston. In the winter of 1870 she appeared in Italian opera at Cairo, Egypt, being prevented by illness from fulfilling an engagement in London. In the autumn of 1871 she and her husband returned to the United States with their company, and in the following year she made a concert tour. She went to England in 1873, and was preparing to produce an English version of Wagner's "Lohengrin," when she died.
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