Ayliff [Aylif, Alyff, Ayloff, Ayloffe], Mrs
- Olive Baldwin
- and Thelma Wilson
(fl 1692–6). English soprano and actress. She sang in The Fairy Queen at Dorset Garden Theatre in May 1692 and soon became Purcell’s leading soprano. In the Gentleman’s Journal for August 1692 Peter Motteux referred to her performance of Purcell’s italianate ‘Ah me to many deaths decreed’ in Crowne’s play Regulus as ‘divinely sung’. Well over a dozen of Purcell’s stage songs and dialogues were published as sung by her and she was a soloist in his Hail, bright Cecilia (1692) and Celebrate this Festival (1693). In 1695 she went to Lincoln's Inn fields with Betterton’s company and there she also acted a little, creating Miss Prue in Congreve’s Love for Love. Her last recorded appearance was in November 1696 when she sang in The Loves of Mars and Venus, a masque with music by Eccles and Finger.BDA; LS O. Baldwin and T. Wilson...