Elizabeth Inverarity

Opera Soprano

Elizabeth Inverarity, later "Mrs. Charles T. Martyn" (born Edinburgh, 23 March 1813; died Newcastle-on-Tyne, 27 December 1846), was a Scottish opera soprano, popular singer and actress of the early 19th century, in England and in America. She also composed some ballads with her husband Charles Martyn, a bass from Bristol.

After showing early promise as a singer in Edinburgh, she became a student of Sir George Smart, a prominent conductor and vocal instructor.

She debuted at Covent Garden in Rossini's "Cinderella" (14 December 1830) and also appeared in Spohr's "Azor and Zemira" (1831), Meyerbeer's "Robert le diable" (1832), and Rossini's The Maid of Judah (1832), among other productions.

After her marriage in 1834, she and her husband continued to perform, in England and America, for a number of years. In 1839 the Martyns premiered Beethoven's Fidelio in America. They later became music teachers in Newcastle.

She was a grandniece of the Scottish poet Robert Fergusson.

An engraving (by John Henry Robinson) of her exists, from a portrait by Alfred Edward Chalon. The portrait was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1839. Another engraving was by William Sharp from a portrait by William Booth.

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