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date: 25 January 2020

Vincent, Ruth locked

  • Fredric Woodbridge Wilson

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(b Yarmouth, March 22, 1878; d London, July 8, 1955). English soprano . She studied singing with Hermann Klein and was educated for the stage by Jacques Brohy in Paris. Her début was in London as Gretchen in the original production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Grand Duke (1896). Within a year she became principal soprano at the Savoy Theatre, where she appeared in several Gilbert and Sullivan revivals and in the original productions of Mackenzie’s His Majesty (1897) and Caryll’s The Lucky Star (1899). She made a particularly strong impression as the blind heroine Laine in Sullivan’s The Beauty Stone (1898), but left the company abruptly during the run.

From about 1900 Vincent was in demand in both comic and grand opera, as much for her extraordinary beauty as for her notable lyric soprano voice. She appeared regularly at Covent Garden, her repertory including principal roles in ...

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