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Bing, Sir Rudolf Franz Joseph (1902–1997), opera manager, was born in Vienna on 9 January 1902, the son of Ernst Hoenigsvald Bing, head of the Austro-Hungarian Steel and Iron Trust, and his wife, Stefanie. The youngest of four children, he left school at the age of sixteen. He trained his attractive light baritone voice, but did not consider becoming a professional. In 1919 he obtained a job with the Viennese booksellers ...


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Lumley, Benjamin (1811/12–1875), opera manager and author, was the son of Louis Levy, a Jewish merchant of Canada, who died in London about 1831. Benjamin Levy assumed the name Lumley early in life. After being educated at King Edward's School at Birmingham, he was admitted a solicitor in ...


Rosa, Carl August Nicholas [formerly Karl August Nikolaus Rose] (1842–1889), opera manager, was born at Hamburg on 22 March 1842, the son of Ludwig Rose, a businessman, and his wife Sophie, née Becker. He began to learn the violin and made a public début at eight years of age. From 1859 to 1863 he studied in the conservatories of ...