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date: 15 November 2019

Drury, Theodorelocked

  • Karen M. Bryan

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(b 1860s; d ?1945). American baritone and opera producer. Theodore Drury was among the first producers to create an African American opera company; he produced operas and oratorios under the name the Theodore Drury Opera Company for approximately three decades. The first production took place on 5 October 1889 in New York City. The evening comprised a collection of scenes (primarily from Verdi’s Il trovatore) with piano accompaniment and sets and costumes owned by Drury. In 1900 he began to stage full productions of operas on an annual basis, a series that lasted for nine years. The last recorded performance took place in May 1938, when the Drury Opera Company presented Carmen in Philadelphia. The date on which he died is unknown, but his death was reported in a press item in 1945.

The company’s repertory consisted of Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Carlos Gomes’s Il Guarany, C.-F. Gounod’s ...

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