Ida Henriette Fonseca – her surname is often written d’Fonseca and da Fonseca – was born in Copenhagen in 1806. Her father was Abraham Fonseca, a first generation immigrant and a German-Portuguese Jew from Hamburg, who at the beginning of the 19th century settles down in Copenhagen as a broker. Here, he marries a young local woman, Maria Louise Kiaerschou. The Danish theatrical historian Poul Hansen describes Abraham Fonseca at the end of the 19th century quite derogatively as “an immigrated Portuguese from the newly arrived banker aristocracy”. Ida has three sisters and two brothers
Ida has three sisters and two brothers. The finance sector is by no means a big business in Copenhagen in the years following the national bankruptcy of 1813. So the Fonseca Family have to struggle to feed the many children’s’ mouths. The children grow up and must contribute to the household as soon as possible. Several of them obviously are talented singers, and if one wants to progress as a singer in Copenhagen in the 1820’es, there is one man to turn to: the choirmaster Giuseppe Siboni at the Royal Theatre. -(excerpts from booklet)
To hear her songs is a rare treat and thanks to the two young Danish musicians a iece of music history is alive and will surely enthrall many listeners!