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date: 22 October 2019

Barbier, Janelocked

  • Olive Baldwin
  •  and Thelma Wilson


(d ?London, ?will proved Dec 9, 1757). English contralto. She first appeared in Almahide (November 1711) and the Spectator commented on her becoming shyness and her ‘agreeable Voice, and just Performance’. She had three seasons with the Italian opera, generally taking male roles, singing in Handel’s Rinaldo, Il pastor fido and Teseo. She was Telemachus in Galliard’s Calypso and Telemachus, which had an English libretto by John Hughes, whose poem The Hue and Cry described her dark good looks and headstrong nature. She appeared in masques by Pepusch, usually as the heroine, with Margherita de L’Epine as the hero, and from 1717 she sang with John Rich’s company in musical afterpieces, pantomimes and English operas. After appearing in Dublin in the winter of 1731–2, she was in two new operas by J.C. Smith and played King Henry in Arne’s Rosamond. Her career petered out after this; in ...

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