Labbette, Dora [Perli, Lisa]
- Alan Jefferson
(b Purley, March 4, 1898; d Purley, Sept 3, 1984). English soprano. She studied at the GSM, winning the gold medal, and with Lisa Lehmann on a Melba Scholarship. Boosey’s Ballad Concerts and her Wigmore Hall début in 1917 led to a long recital and oratorio career with Beecham, the Hallé, the Promenade Concerts, and the Three Choirs and Delius festivals. She specialized in English songs, especially those of Delius. Her involvement with opera, inspired by Dinh Gilly, began with Mimì at Covent Garden (...