Roser-Balfe, Lina

BORN 1 Sep 1808, Pest (or Vereb) - DIED 8 Jun 1888, London
BIRTH NAME Roser, Magdalena
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (074/RS (22047), Peterhead granite obelisk, s-e of Circle)

Magdalena Roser was first taught by her father, the composer Franz de Paula Roser (1779-1830). In 1824 she debuted at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna and from 1824 to 1827 she sang at the German Theatre in Pest. In the summer of 1827 she performed in Graz and Trieste. In 1827 she was engaged at the Kärtnertortheater in Vienna. She toured in Germany in 1828/1829. In 1830 she was in contact with Karl Theodor Mozart and she probably studied with him. In Italy she met the singer and composer Michael Balfe and she married him. The next few years she sang in Italy.

In 1835 she and Balfe settled in London, where she appeared on the stage until at least 1837/1838. Their daughter Victoria (1837-1871) had a short career as a singer before she marriedin 1860. In 1840 Lina sang at concerts in Paris and in 1846 she gave a concert with her husband in Vienna. She died in 1888 in London and was buried with her husband at Kensal Green Cemetery in London.

• Husband: Balfe, Michael (1831-1870)


The grave of Michael William Balfe at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (08 Feb 2012)


• Vivian-Neal, Henry & Alexander Bisset, Their Exits: Encore, The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery, London, 2020
Roser, Familie Johann Georg:

Ross, Ronald

Published: 07 Apr 2024
Last update: 07 Apr 2024