Clara Louisa Kellogg, an American singer, born in Sumter, S. C, of New England parents, in 1842. At the age of seven she was able to read difficult music at sight. She was educated in this country, and at the age of 18 sang at a private morning performance of Il Poliuto in the New York academy of music. Her first public appearance was made at the same place, Feb. 27, 1861, in the role of Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto; and on March 19 she made her debut in Boston in Linda di Chamounix. Her merits were quickly recognized, and her career almost from the first was one of assured success. In 1865 she entered into an engagement for three years with the manager of the Italian opera in New York, and during this period added constantly to her fame. The most notable of her impersonations were in the operas of Crispino, Fra Diavolo, and Faust. She sang in the first performance of the last named opera in America. On Nov. 2, 1867, she appeared successfully at Her Majesty's opera, London, in Faust. Returning to America in 1868, she remained here for four years, appearing again at the Drury Lane opera in the spring of 1872. In the winter of 1873-'4 she organized a company and appeared in English opera in the principal cities of the United States. Her voice is a pure high soprano, pleasing in quality, remarkably firm and correct in intonation, and of considerable power.
Though she has appeared in tragic as well as in comic opera, and though Marguerite in Gounod's Faust is one of the best of her roles, it is in comic opera that her talents as a singer and as an actress find their best expression.