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date: 12 November 2019

Reinhold, Henry (opera) [Theodore]locked

  • Olive Baldwin
  •  and Thelma Wilson

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[Theodore]

(d London, May 14, 1751). English bass of German descent. He was second bass in Handel’s Atalanta in May 1736 and the sole bass the following season, when he sang in the premières of Arminio, Giustino and Berenice. Later in 1737 he created the comic role of the Dragon in Lampe’s The Dragon of Wantley, which received 68 performances in its first season. His other English stage roles included Sir Trusty in Arne’s Rosamond and the Lion in Lampe’s Pyramus and Thisbe. He sang in Handel’s last two operas, Imeneo (1740) and Deidamia (1741), by which time he was the composer’s principal oratorio bass. The roles of Harapha in Samson, Cadmus, High Priest and Somnus in Semele, the title role in Hercules and many others were written for him. On his death the General Advertiser described him as ‘not less admired for his private Character than his publick Performance’. In the records of the Royal Society of Musicians, of which he was a founder member, his name is given as Theodore, but the burial register at St Anne’s Soho calls him Henry....

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