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date: 16 October 2019


  • Jennet Campbell


English sisters, founders and directors of the Falmouth Opera Singers, a company dedicated to giving opera in English. Maisie (b Plymouth, 26 April 1885; d St Anthony in Roseland, nr Truro, 16 July 1973) and Evelyn (b Plympton, 21 Jan 1887; d Hayle, 30 March 1969).formed the enterprising amateur. Beginning with Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and using local soloists, chorus and orchestra, they put on operas yearly until 1968; Maisie conducted, Evelyn was répétiteur, and together they coached and directed. In Falmouth and London they translated and staged revivals of La clemenza di Tito (1931), the first in England since 1840, and of Idomeneo (1937), the first ever in England. Evelyn, the linguist, and Maisie, the singer and poet, wrote accurate, elegant and singable translations. They also translated and staged Pergolesi’s La serva padrona (1927, 1950), Gluck’s Armide (1936...

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