John Braham, an English tenor singer, born of Jewish parents in London about 1774, died there, Feb. 17, 1856. He first appeared on the stage at the age of 12 years, and for more than half a century enjoyed a high reputation throughout Europe. In 1796 he appeared in opera at the Drury Lane theatre, after which he sang with the greatest success in Paris and the leading cities of Italy. Returning to England in 1801, he appeared in opera at Covent Garden and afterward at Drury Lane, where for more than 25 years he proved a strong attraction. In 1840 and 1841 he appeared in the United States and created great enthusiasm by his singing in operas, oratorios, and concerts. In 1841 he returned to England, and continued even to the age of 80 years to attract large audiences. He was noted for the purity of his voice and the brilliancy of his execution, and is said to have retained command of the tenor scale longer than any other man ever known. Braham also composed numerous songs which met with great popularity, and were noted for the beauty of their melody. - His son Augustus acquired some distinction as a tenor singer.
He first sang in opera in New York in 1852, having previously appeared in concerts.