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Singers (G - L)

(Please note that these pages are still under construction)

This section also includes people who were primarily actors but fulfilled either non singing roles, which were sometimes included in English opera of this era, or in roles that did not make great demands on vocal ability.

An article on the changing ways that female singers were titled in the first half of the 19th century can be found here.

A - F           G - L             M - S             T - Z 

     

Glossop, Frances Ann (1813 - 1863?)
She was the daughter of the international soprano Elizabeth Féron and Joseph Glossop, manager of several theatres, the longest and most enduring tenure being that of the Royal Coburg theatre (Old Vic). She was a pupil of John Braham and was his lead soprano in his first season at the St James's in 1835 singing in her sister Mary's opera Agnes Sorel. However, she was not retained, apparently "lacking the necessary power to sustain a position opposite Braham", although she did reappear there in 1837 and at the Lyceum but in lesser roles. Dudley Cheke, Joséphine and Emilie, (Oxford: Jon Carpenter, 1993) is a detailed account of Joseph Glossop's second wife, Joséphine de Méric, and their daughter Emilie but does include some material on Glossop and his first marriage and family.   Cheke says that Frances married a man called Granville and died in Paris in 1881. However, this may be a confusion with another Frances. The 1863 (December 11) date  is an unsubstantiated one from a  family tree on Ancestry.co.uk.

Harley, John Pritt (1786-1858)
An actor mainly known for his comic roles.

Giubilei, Augustus (1812/13? - 1851)

Giubilei, Theodore Victor (1801? - 1845)

Healy, F, Miss

Horton, Priscilla (Mrs German Reed) (1818-1895)
Horton was said to have had her first role at the Surrey Theatre at the age of 10 but it was probably when she was a year older. From then on she was a regular feature of London and provincial theatres for the next 50 years,  appearing in Shakespeare and other stage drama as well as opera and many types of musical entertainments. In 1844, she married Thomas German Reed with whom she toured the provinces for some years before they returned to London and set up the Gallery of Illustration in Regent Street. Its aim was to attract people for whom visiting the regular theatre was felt to be unacceptable. There they staged small scale operas, such as those of Sir George Alexander Macfarren, as well as early works from W.S. Gilbert, but were best known for "Mr and Mrs German Reed's Entertainment" of music and impersonations assisted by John Parry. They eventually moved to St George's Hall.  Kurt Gänzl, Victorian Vocalists (London: Routledge, 2018,  p. 304-317) has a detailed chapter on her career. There is a book by David Williamson, focused more on their later career, The German Reeds and Corney Grain: Records and Reminiscences.  (London: A.D.Innes, 1895).
Priscilla Horton
National Portrait Gallery        

Hunt, ?, Miss

King, Mr
It is difficult to say anything definitive as there were several Kings in the 19th century theatre.  The Odd Fellow (Feb. 23, 1839), p.22 in its short description of the Drury Lane company for that season said that "he has been ungenerously cried down by the hirelings of the press. Though not suited to some of the characters he has been thrust into, there is not a man upon the stage so well calculated  for parts of the description of Sir George Touchwood etc. as Mr King. His Florizel, in the Winter's Tale, is an admirable piece of acting. Mr King possesses the advantages of looking,  speaking, and moving like a gentleman."

 

Lowe, Susanna (later Mrs Henri Drayton)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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