Thanks to Hugh Jackman’s recent portrayal in The Greatest Showman, PT Barnum is back in the news again. But while the story of the King of Humbug and his menagerie of curiosities has inspired a string of films as well as a Broadway musical, the story of the Swedish soprano who so obsessed the American impresario that he moved heaven and earth to tempt her across the Atlantic is just as remarkable. Little wonder that their conjunction in New...

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