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date: 12 December 2019

Evans [Crozier], Nancylocked

  • Harold Rosenthal

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(b Liverpool, March 19, 1915; d Suffolk, Aug 20, 2000). English mezzo-soprano. She studied in Liverpool with John Tobin, then with Maggie Teyte and Eva de Reusz. She made her début in recital in Liverpool (1933), singing for the first time in London a year later, accompanied by Gerald Moore. Her stage début was in Sullivan's The Rose of Persia (1938, London); in 1939 she sang small roles at Covent Garden. During the war she sang widely for the Entertainments National Services Association. Joining what was to become the English Opera Group in 1946, she alternated with Ferrier in the title role of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne; in 1947 she created Nancy in Albert Herring, and later sang Polly in Britten's version of The Beggar's Opera, Purcell's Dido, and Lucinda Woodcock in Arne's Love in a Village. On stage her lively presence enhanced her warm-toned singing. In ...

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