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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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C. L. Kingsford

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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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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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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