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Bing, Sir Rudolf Franz Joseph (1902–1997), opera manager  

Elizabeth Forbes

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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Bing, Sir Rudolf Franz Joseph (1902–1997)  

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

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Caplat, Moran Victor Hingston (1916–2003), actor and opera administrator  

Elizabeth Forbes

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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Ebers, John (bap. 1778, d. 1858), bookseller and opera manager  

John Rosselli

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  

G. C. Boase

revised by John Rosselli

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  

C. L. Kingsford

revised by John Rosselli

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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Lumley, Benjamin (1811/12–1875), opera manager and author  

L. M. Middleton

revised by John Rosselli

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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Lumley, Benjamin (1811/12–1875)  

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

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Mapleson, James Henry (1830–1901), opera manager  

Henry Davey

revised by John Rosselli

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  

Jeremy Isaacs

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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  

R. H. Legge

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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, 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 ...

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Rosa, Carl August Nicholas (1842–1889)  

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

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Rosseter, Philip (c. 1568–1623), lutenist, composer, and theatre manager  

Ian Harwood

Rosseter, Philip (c. 1568–1623), lutenist, composer, and theatre manager, was born about 1568 according to a deposition of 22 June 1601 describing him as a musician of about thirty-three. Nothing is known of his parentage, early life, or musical education; the family may have come from ...

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Soldene, Emily [performing name Miss FitzHenry] (1838–1912), singer and theatre manager  

Kurt Gänzl

Soldene, Emily [performing name Miss FitzHenry] (1838–1912), singer and theatre manager, was allegedly born in Clerkenwell on 30 September 1838, and was brought up as the daughter of Edward Fuller Solden (1805–1873) and his apparently bigamous wife, Priscilla, née Swain (1812–1900). Aged two, she was living in ...

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Webster, Sir David Lumsden (1903–1971), theatre and opera house administrator  

John Tooley

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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Wood, Anne (1907–1998), singer and opera administrator  

Alan Blyth

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...

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Wood, Henry Harvey (1903–1977)  

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Henry Harvey Wood (1903–1977) by Sir William George Gillies, 1922 in the collection of the Royal Scottish Academy

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Wood, Henry Harvey (1903–1977), writer and a founder of the Edinburgh international festival  

Eileen Miller

Wood, Henry Harvey (1903–1977), writer and a founder of the Edinburgh international festival, was born on 5 September 1903 in Edinburgh, the second of the three children of Henry Wood (d. 1934), paper maker, and his wife, Anne Cassidy. He was educated at the ...