Jenny Lind Presents P.T. Barnum
When Jenny Lind came to America, to tour with “The Greatest Showman”, P.T. Barnum, she witnessed a nation torn apart over slavery. She embarked on headline-grabbing tour that shared the spotlight with a political maelstrom. This one woman opera show, fact checks The Greatest Showman, and that the real reason Jenny Lind (also known as the “Swedish Nightingale”) quit the tour. Jenny Lind was uncomfortable with Barnum’s relentless marketing of her and his questionable moral compas , or lack there of. Eavesdrop on Jenny’s final, brave confrontation of PT Barnum and enjoy some operatic gems from Jenny Lind’s concert tour. Many thanks to Augustana College for giving me a Wallenberg Grant to explore this topic more.