Competing will be 12 singers; in addition to the title, the winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize and a concert shared with her Swedish counterpart at the in Bridgeport on Thursday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. Winner of the 2013 Jenny Lind Scholarship in Sweden is soprano , who is in her last year at the in Stockholm.
This year, the "American Idol" will be remembered by the annual Barnum Festival, which pays annual tribute to the showman and his entourage, with a Jenny Lind competition for young sopranos -- attracting singers from around the country, on Saturday afternoon, May 18 -- which is free and open to the public.
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"Remarkably, Barnum's 1850 tour of Jenny Lind was without question the first `American Idol.' More so than any other of Barnum's extraordinary enterprises, it was the Jenny Lind tour that established Barnum as a genius in marketing and advertising, and defined him as the `Great American Showman,' " Maher said.
Beyond Connecticut's borders, music-lovers may have only a slight familiarity with Jenny Lind, the 19th-century Swedish soprano who was among the most popular and successful singers of her time.