Brough, William Francis
- Katherine K. Preston
(b Wexford, 1798; d at sea, May 21, 1867). English bass and opera manager . After several years’ acting at the Haymarket Theatre, he accompanied Joseph and Mary Anne Paton Wood to the USA in 1833 and 1840; his American début (as Dandini in M. R. Lacy’s adaptation of Cenerentola) was in New York on 4 September 1835. He sang intermittently with the Park Theatre company in New York, and made several extended tours that included performances in Savannah, Mobile and New Orleans. In 1839 he performed with Jane Shirreff and John Wilson on their North American tour. After the mid-1840s he concentrated on the business side of music, working as manager for the Anna Bishop, Brough-Delcy and Manvers opera companies; during the mid-1850s he managed an extensive tour by the Pyne-Harrison English Opera Company. He died aboard ship while returning to England and was buried in Brooklyn in ...