This is the first comprehensive biography of Titiens. Secrets of Victorian opera is revealed through the glittering life and tragic death of international soprano Titiens (Therese Tietjens) 1831-1877, her intriguing relationships with London theatre impresarios Benjamin Lumley and 'Colonel' James Henry Mapleson, as well as with other famous personalities of the time. Born in Hamburg, Titiens died in London aged only forty-six after a dazzling career and a stunning final performance at Her Majesty's Theatre. A favourite of Queen Victoria, she associated with many other great names of the day, including Verdi, Wagner, Sullivan, Patti and Nilsson. Here is the truth about her mysterious noble ancestry, the prima donna lifestyle, her name, voice, physique and the tragic 'curse of Lucrezia'. Discover too why her performances were never recorded. Written by a family member, it is fully indexed and with contemporary and often rare illustrations from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Philharmonic Society, Bodleian Library Oxford, Lilly Library USA and others, together with extracts from the journal of Her Majesty Queen Victoria.