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date: 07 December 2019

Salway, Thomaslocked

  • Olive Baldwin
  •  and Thelma Wilson

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(bc1706; d London, April 6, 1743). English tenor and actor. He was a treble at Cannons under Pepusch and then a popular singer, mainly in Rich's company at Lincoln's Inn Fields and Covent Garden, from 1724 until shortly before his death. He sang between the acts, in ballad operas and afterpieces, burlesques and pantomimes. Henry Carey wrote of him as one of the three leading English singers: ‘There's Beard, and there's Salway, and smart Kitty Clive’. He took the title role in Gay's ballad opera Achilles, where the hero is disguised as a woman throughout, had other petticoat roles, and in 1737 created the dragon-despatching Moore of Moore Hall in Lampe's parody of Italian opera, The Dragon of Wantley. In March 1731 he was Damon in the first public performance of Handel's Acis and Galatea, and he sang for Handel at Oxford in 1733.

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