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Wilson, John (1800-1849)
John Wilson was born in Edinburgh on December 25, 1800.  His operatic debut was in Edinburgh in 1830 and later the same year in London at Covent Garden in Linley's La Duenna. After this he appeared regularly in London becoming part of Bunn's original company at Drury Lane, starring in all his early premieres from Nourjahad until The Siege of Rochelle.  He was a popular singer and particularly well known for his singing of Scottish ballads. Nevertheless, The Era (July 29, 1849), in its obituary, claimed that cliques as well as the fashion for foreign singers caused him to give up the London stage.  He toured the provinces in 1836 and in 1838 went to the U.S. with Miss Shirreff and the Seguins first appearing in New York before going on an extended tour. On his return, he was part of Balfe's extremely brief management of the English Opera House, appearing in Balfe's Keolanthe (1841) and a revival of Bellini's La sonnambula before going to the Surrey to sing in the latter. During this time, he was inaugurating lecture/recitals of Scottish song (a new idea at that time), to which he then devoted himself full time with great success.  In 1849, he left for another North American tour, during which he died in Quebec City.

Rosemary Richards has written about Wilson's later career in, "'John Wilson and Scottish Song" in Re-visions: proceedings of the New Zealand Musicological Society and the Musicological Society of Australia Joint Conference. (Dunedin: University of Otago, December 2-4, 2010)
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