Clara Louise Kellogg

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Clara Louise Kellogg
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BornJuly 9, 1842
DiedMay 13, 1916(1916-05-13) (aged 73)
Parent(s)Jane Elizabeth Crosby
George Kellogg
RelativesIsaac Kellogg (grandfather)
Auriila Barney (grandmother)

Clara Louise Kellogg (July 9, 1842 – May 13, 1916) was an American singer.

Clara Louise Kellogg was born in Sumterville, South Carolina, the daughter of Jane Elizabeth (Crosby) and George Kellogg. She received her musical training in the Academy of Music, New York City and first sang opera there in 1861.[1] Her fine soprano voice and artistic gifts soon made her famous. She appeared as prima donna in Italian opera in London and at concerts in 1867 and 1868, and from that time till 1887 was one of the leading public singers. She appeared at intervals in London, but was principally engaged in America.

In 1874 Kellogg organized an opera company widely known in the United States, and her enterprise and energy in directing it were remarkable. The company weathered a tragedy on May 26, 1882, when two members -virtuoso pianist Herman Rietzel and bass singer George Conly- drowned on Lake Spofford while on tour.

Kellogg retired after marrying Carl Strakosch in Elkhart, Indiana on November 6, 1886. In 1913 she published her memoirs under the title Memoirs of an American Prima Donna. She died in New Hartford, Connecticut.


  1. ^ Deservedly Famous, Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, February 07, 1885. Retrieved June 2, 2017.


  • "George Conly's Sad Fate: Drowned in a New Hampshire Lake with Young Herman Rietzel, the Pianist," The New York Times, May 28, 1882.[1]
  • "Herman Rietzel's Body Found," The New York Times, June 8, 1882.
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Kellogg, Clara Louise" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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