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Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

(b c1660; d London, March 23, 1739). English bass and actor. He entered the Duke’s Company as a boy and was a member of the Royal Private Musick from 1684. Cibber related that as a youth ‘fam’d for his Voice’ he sang before Charles II at Nell Gwynn’s lodgings. He was a soloist in Purcell’s court odes ...

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Neal Zaslaw

(b Lyons, late 17th century; d Paris, c1752). French singer, theorist, composer and actor. He was the head of a theatrical troupe that played in Lille between 1715 and 1722, at Brussels in 1716 and in Antwerp in 1717. The title-page of his ...

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James R. Anthony

(b Verdun, Sept 9, 1687; d Gien, Aug 30, 1745). French composer, singer and actor. Son of the actor Jean Quinault (1656–1728) and brother of the singer and actress Marie-Anne-Catherine Quinault, he was the eldest of five children, all active in the theatre. Quinault began his acting career at the Comédie Française as Hippolytus in Racine's ...

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David Johnson

(b Straloch, Perthshire, Feb 13, 1721; d London, Feb 6, 1807). Scottish composer, flautist and musical benefactor. He studied law at Edinburgh University and in 1745 joined the British army as a lieutenant; he was active in Scotland in the Jacobite Rebellion (...

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James R. Anthony

(b Modena, April 1, 1676; d Paris, Dec 6, 1753 ). Italian actor and author. He began his acting career at the age of 14 as a strolling player in Genoa. In 1698 he directed a theatre troupe for the Duke of Modena. He married the actress Elena Balletti, known as Flaminia, in ...

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Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

(b c1706; d London, April 6, 1743). English tenor and actor. He was a treble at Cannons under Pepusch and then a popular singer, mainly in Rich's company at Lincoln's Inn Fields and Covent Garden, from 1724 until shortly before his death. He sang between the acts, in ballad operas and afterpieces, burlesques and pantomimes. Henry Carey wrote of him as one of the three leading English singers: ‘There's Beard, and there's Salway, and smart Kitty Clive’. He took the title role in Gay's ballad opera ...

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Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

(b London, ? 1728; d London, Nov 1, 1776). English actor and singer. Creator of the roles of Mr Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer and Sir Anthony Absolute in The Rivals, he was described by Garrick as the greatest comic genius he had ever seen. He sang well enough to be given roles in several English operas. Dibdin wrote that ‘nothing upon earth could have been superior to his Midas’ (in the burletta of that name) and he was the first Justice Woodcock in ...

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Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

(d London, 1777, will proved 4 July). Irish tenor and actor. From 1731 Stoppelaer sang leading roles on the London stage in numerous ballad opera afterpieces such as The Devil to Pay and Fielding’s The Lottery and The Intriguing Chambermaid. He had a small part in Handel’s ...

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Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

(b ?Coventry, bap. ?April 12, 1737; d London, March 19, 1782). English tenor, actor and composer . He studied under William Savage and was still a boy when he ‘sung for the first time very well’ at Drury Lane as Puck in Queen Mab...

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Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

(b London, June 5, 1698; d Dublin, June 5, 1744). English singer, actor and author . He acted in London from 1715, specializing in handsome daredevil roles such as Hotspur. Although untrained as a singer, he was given the role of Macheath in The Beggar’s Opera...