Papers relating to Nancy Storace (1765-1817), operatic soprano

Scope and Content

The Nancy Storace collection consists of papers gathered together by Richard A Lynex as part of an investigation to determine whether previously undiscovered correspondence between Mozart and Nancy Storace might survive in Britain. The report concluded that almost certainly no such correspondence has survived.

Much of Richard A Lynex’s research focused on who might have inherited Nancy Storace’s correspondence: he did not concentrate on Nancy Storace so much as her family and social circle. Therefore, very few items in this collection relate directly to Nancy Storace. Instead, many papers are concerned with her descendents or the wider cultural setting in which she worked. For example, the photocopied Chancery records concern issues arising from Nancy Storace’s will, in particular the devolution of her estate and effects.

Administrative / Biographical History

Some material was donated to Richard A Lynex by Anthony Spugin, a great great grandson of Nancy Storace in September 1963. These items are labelled ‘B’ in Lynex’s referencing system. The enquiry working papers and Storace papers were stored by Richard A Lynex in his home for many years before being transferred to Cardiff University Music Library: date unknown.


Richard A Lynex divided the collection by provenance. Records referenced ‘A’ are those collected by himself, records referenced ‘B’ are those donated by Anthony Spurgin. Within this division, items are arranged by medium (for example photographs, glass negatives) or by theme (records of Chancery, genealogical records).

Access Information

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