He came to the USA already as a child and grew up in Philadelphia. He studied voice there and in New York City, where he made his debut on the concert podium in 1861, and on the operatic stage in 1864. Until 1891, he sang throughout the US, particularly in New York, both at the Academy of Music and, above all, on Broadway, where he appeared in opera as well as operetta. Throughout his career, he also did a lot of concert work. He was the most popular tenor of his time in the US.