"Since Pauline Viardot sang at Drury Lane, in the year 1858, only one great lyric artist has appeared at the Opera - with the true instinct of an artiste she has fought her way to the top of the ladder, an example of what can be done with gifts conscientiously exercised - her name is Madame Kirkby Lunn." Splendid praise indeed from such a magnificent artiste and keen judge as Sir Charles Santley, who thus, in his "Reminiscences," voices his opinion of the popular contralto. But the praise is not undeserved, for it would indeed be difficult to point to another singer who upholds the musical reputation of England amongst foreigners so well as Madame Kirkby Lunn. She has sung at Covent Garden since 1902. Madame Lunn is a native of Lancashire. She was born at Manchester, and educated at the Royal College of Music, where she obtained an open scholarship in 1893. It was, however, with the Carl Rosa Company that she made her first operatic appearance, in 1896, and three years later married Mr. W. J. K. Pearson.
Madame Kirkby Lunn Dover Strut Studios