Ida Henriette d’Fonseca - Complete Works | Danacord DACOCD777

Ida Henriette d’Fonseca - Complete Works


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Label: Danacord

Cat No: DACOCD777

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd November 2018



Ida Henriette Fonseca – her surname is often written d’Fonseca and da Fonseca – was born in Copenhagen in 1806. Her father was Abraham Fonseca, a first generation immigrant and a German-Portuguese Jew from Hamburg, who at the beginning of the 19th century settled down in Copenhagen as a broker. There, he married a young local woman, Maria Louise Kiaerschou. The Danish theatrical historian Poul Hansen described Abraham Fonseca at the end of the 19th century quite derogatively as “an immigrated Portuguese from the newly arrived banker aristocracy”.

Ida had three sisters and two brothers. The finance sector was by no means a big business in Copenhagen in the years following the national bankruptcy of 1813. So the Fonseca Family had to struggle to feed the many children’s’ mouths. The children grew up and had to contribute to the household as soon as possible. Several of them obviously were talented singers, and if one wanted to progress as a singer in Copenhagen in the 1820s, there was one man to turn
to: the choirmaster Giuseppe Siboni at the Royal Theatre.

To hear her songs is a rare treat and thanks to the two young Danish musicians a piece of music history is alive and will surely enthrall many listeners!

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