Beautiful Christine chicks: Christine/Christina Nilsson who is the model for Christine Daae in the Leroux novel. She was born in 1843 in a small cottage, the youngest of several brothers and one sister. She came from very humble origins and started playing the violin and singing at fairs and inns at a very young age. The first pic of her in the scarf was drawn when she was about eleven years old and published in a Stockholm newspaper.

Christina was discovered while singing at the fair in Ljungby, by district judge Tornerhielm. He decided that he would provide for her education. She took singing lessons for Adelaide Valerius Leuhusen, moved to Gothenburg and Stockholm and kind of started to move away from her peasant background into a more bourgoise environment. Eventually she moved to Paris to continue her singing education.

In 1864 she made her debut at Theatre Lyrique as Violetta in La Traviata. Other roles she sang were The Queen of the Night, Ophelia in Thomas’ Hamlet and of course Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust.

Christina died in Växjö, her hometown in 1921 as the countess di Casa Miranda. She is buried in a mausoleum in Växjö.

You can visit the graveyard in Växjö where she is buried. You can also visit her childhood home, the small cottage Snugge just outside Växjö. And you can have lunch at Villa Vik which is where the rich singer/countess Christina stayed when she visted Växjö in her olden years.

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