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date: 15 November 2019

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  • Winton Dean


( fl 1732–59). English bass of German birth. His first known appearances were in Arne’s English opera season at the Little Theatre in the Haymarket in spring 1732, when he sang in Lampe’s Amelia and a pirated production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea (Polyphemus). The following season (1732–3) he sang in Lampe’s Britannia, J.C. Smith’s Ulysses and Arne’s Opera of Operas at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. On 17 March 1733 he took a small part, probably the Chief Priest of Baal, in the first performance of Handel’s Deborah at the King’s Theatre. He accompanied Handel to Oxford in July, singing in the first performances of Athalia (Abner), the bilingual Acis and Galatea (Polyphemus), probably Esther (Haman) and Deborah (Abinoam and Priest of Baal), and in anthems at St Mary’s church. He then joined Handel’s opera company, first at the King’s Theatre, later at Covent Garden, until the summer of ...

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