Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (noun) A female singer: applied especially to one who sings in opera or public concerts.
‘Cantatrice’ comes from the Latin ‘cantatrix,’ feminine of ‘cantatorm’ a singer.
“During the performances she was at one moment pale and trembling, tears rushing into her eyes; at another, she was ready to throw herself at the feet of the cantatrice, in an ecstacy of admiration.”
“The appearance of the fair cantatrice was the signal for such a reception as only a Parisian audience can give, and the first strains that issued from her lips assured them that their applause was not misplaced.”
“Yes, a queen, and a great queen of song;' and being inspired with great admiration for our own Australian cantatrice, who was great among the greatest prima-donnas of the world, I began to tell them a little of her fame, and that she had been recently offered 40,000 pounds to sing for three months in America.”