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Letter from Sir David Cannadine

What's new: November 2019

The November update adds 23 new articles featuring 26 lives and 5 portrait likenesses of opera singers and recitalists. The focus of this release – curated by Dr Andrew Lamb and Christopher Webber – is on opera singers and recitalists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Adele Leigh (1928–2004)

Adele Leigh

The daughter of an East End draper’s assistant, Adele Leigh sang the opera classics at Covent Garden, in New York, and in Vienna, but she also appeared with Harry Secombe at the London Palladium.




NOVEMBER 22, 2019

George Eliot's 200th birthday

In celebration of George Eliot's 200th birthday, discover eight facts you may not have known about the author formerly known as Marian Evans.

NOVEMBER 14, 2019

What's new: November 2019

Over twenty lives of nineteenth-and-twentieth-century opera singers and recitalists, curated by Dr Andrew Lamb and Christopher Webber, have been added this month.

OCTOBER 17, 2019

Early black British history and the Oxford DNB

Dr Anders Ingram examines the coverage of black British history on the Oxford DNB.