Caroline Richings, Mrs. Peter Bernard (1827-1882)

Caroline Richings was an opera singer, pianist, librettist, composer, director, and impresario. Born in England as Mary Caroline Reynoldson, she was adopted by the American actor Peter Richings. The little girl began her career as a concert pianist, but made her operatic debut in 1852 at the Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, as Marie in Donizetti's "La Fille du Regiment." In 1859 her father formed the Richings Opera Company. In that same year Caroline Richings married Peter Bernard, a tenor in the company. The daughter performed as pianist and singer and took over as director when her father retired in 1867. The Richings-Bernard Company performed across the U.S., and in 1870 became the Caroline-Richings-Bernard Grand Opera Combination. Richings often translated librettos from French, German, and Italian. Her last troupe was the Old Folks Opera Company (1874-75), after which she performed light opera and concerts and taught singing in Baltimore. In 1881 in Baltimore the vocalist made her final appearance in an operetta she wrote, "The Duchess." Richings poses, circa 1863, at the E. and H. Anthony studio in a magnificent striped dress.

1863 circa 5 years
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