Tams, Arthur W.
- Katherine K. Preston
(b Philadelphia, Oct 7, 1848; d Palisade, NJ, June 25, 1927). American opera singer, stage manager, and music businessman. His début as a singer was in Gounod’s Faust in Philadelphia in 1864. He subsequently appeared with the Carncross and Dixey’s Minstrels, in Caroline Richings’ Old Folks Company, and (in the 1870s and 1880s) with various itinerant English opera companies, including those of Emma Abbott, Rudolph Aronson, Clara Louise Kellogg, and C.D. Hess. During this period he also worked as stage and chorus director with the Abbott Opera Company, chorus master for Clara Kellogg’s troupe, and stage manager for the Emily Melville and American opera companies. In the late 1880s and into the 1890s Tams was associated with the Casino Theatre in New York, where he served as stage manager and also appeared in comic operas and operettas by composers such as Lecocq, Offenbach, and Millöcker....