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date: 15 December 2019

Clendining [née Arnold], Elizabethlocked

  • Olive Baldwin
  •  and Thelma Wilson

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(b Stourton, Wilts., bap. Jan 13, 1767; d Edinburgh, July 16, 1799). English mezzo-soprano. She moved to Dublin with her father, a cathedral singer, and sang in concerts there before her marriage. In December 1791 her husband was in a debtors’ prison and she went first to London, where despite Mrs Billington’s help she failed to find engagements, and then to Bath. Rauzzini taught her and promoted her career so that she was able to raise the money to free her husband. She made a successful London début in Shield’s Hartford Bridge (1792) and sang at Covent Garden for six seasons. She was praised for her taste, for the fullness of her middle and lower voice and the sweetness of her upper notes. In summer 1797 she sang opposite Incledon at the Crow Street Theatre, Dublin, and in 1798 took up an engagement at Edinburgh, where she died after a protracted illness....

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