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Sir Rudolf Franz Joseph Bing (1902–1997) by Lotte Meitner-Graf © Lotte Meitner-Graf

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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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Caplat, Moran Victor Hingston (1916–2003), actor and opera administrator, was born on 1 October 1916 at Tantallon, Alma Road, Herne Bay, Kent, the only child of (Armand Charles Victor) Roger Caplat, later known as Roger Victor Caplat, or Roger Armand Charles Caplat, architect, and his wife, ...

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Sir John Richard Gray Drummond (1934–2006) by unknown photographer, 1984 © BBC

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Drummond, Sir John Richard Gray (1934–2006), television producer, broadcaster, and music administrator, was born on 25 November 1934 at 64 Holland Park, London, the only child of Archibald Richard George Drummond, a tone-deaf Scottish master mariner, and his wife, Esther Wynne, née Pickering...

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Ebers, John (bap. 1778, d. 1858), bookseller and opera manager, was born in Hertford, where he was baptized at St Andrew's Church on 24 July 1778, the son of John Henry Ebers and his wife, Sarah. At some time between 1808 and 1811 he took over from his father a fashionable bookshop in ...

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Gye, Frederick, the younger (1810–1878), businessman and opera manager, was born on 18 January 1810, in London, where he was baptized at St Benet Gracechurch on 31 March 1811, at Finchley, Middlesex, the son of Frederick Gye the elder and his wife Sarah Pead ...

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Harrison, William (1813–1868), singer and opera manager, the son of a coal merchant, was born at Marylebone, Middlesex, on 15 June 1813. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music he appeared from 1837 as a professional singer there and at the Sacred Harmonic Society...

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Benjamin Lumley (1811/1212–1875) by Alfred, Count D'Orsay, 1847 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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L. M. Middleton

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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 ...

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Henry Davey

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Mapleson, James Henry (1830–1901), opera manager, was born in London on 4 May 1830, the son of James Henry Mapleson (1802–1869) and his wife Elizabeth, née Rummens. His father was, for forty years violinist and music librarian of Drury Lane Theatre, where the two-week-old infant was brought on for the christening scene in ...

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Moore, (Charles) Garrett Ponsonby, eleventh earl of Drogheda (1910–1989), newspaper proprietor and opera manager, was born at 40 Wilton Crescent, London, on 23 April 1910, the elder child and only son of Henry Charles Ponsonby Moore, tenth earl of Drogheda, diplomatist, and his wife, ...

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Rosa, Carl August Nicholas [formerly Karl August Nikolaus Rose] (1842–1889), opera manager, was born at Hamburg on 22 March 1842. 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 ...

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Carl August Nicholas Rosa (1842–1889) by Bassano, 1882 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Webster, Sir David Lumsden (1903–1971), theatre and opera house administrator, was born in Dundee on 3 July 1903, the only child of Robert Lumsden Webster, advertising agent, and his wife, Mary Ann Alice, née Webster. In 1913 the family moved to Liverpool where he was educated at the ...

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Anthony Howard Wilson (1950–2007) by Harry Goodwin, 1970s Harry Goodwin / Rex Features

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Wilson, Anthony Howard [Tony] (1950–2007), television broadcaster and music entrepreneur, was born at Hope Hospital, Salford, Lancashire, on 20 February 1950, the only child of Sydney Wilson (1917–1997), tobacconist, and his wife, Doris Emily, née Knupfer (1904–1975). Thirteen years older than her husband and a widow when they married in 1948, ...

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Wood, Anne (1907–1998), singer and opera administrator, was born on 2 August 1907 at The Grange, Crawley, Sussex, a daughter of Percival Wood, JP for Sussex, and his wife, Eleanor. She was educated at St Mary's School, Calne, and studied singing with Elena Gerhardt...