Robinson, Ann Turner (opera) [née Turner]
- Winton Dean
(d London, Jan 5, 1741). English soprano, daughter of the composer William Turner. In 1719–20 she sang in Ariosti’s cantata Diana on Mount Latmos at Drury Lane. She first appeared in opera in the short first season of the Royal Academy of Music (1720) in Porta’s Numitore, as Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto and in Domenico Scarlatti’s Narciso. Her part in Radamisto shows that she was a capable singer with some brilliance at the top of her compass (e′ to a″). She was generally announced as ‘Mrs Robinson, late Mrs Turner’ or ‘Mrs Turner Robinson’, to distinguish her from Anastasia Robinson. She was probably the Mrs Robinson who sang between the acts at Drury Lane in 1725–6 and played in Carey’s pantomime Apollo and Daphne. She often sang Handel’s arias in concerts, and took part in his first London oratorio performances at the King’s Theatre in ...