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ballad opera

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

Opera with spoken dialogue and using popular tunes of the day provided with new words. Form originated in England with Allan Ramsay's The Gentle Shepherd (1725), but the success in 1728 of...

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Bertolt Brecht

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Theatre.

(1898–1956),

German dramatist and poet who emigrated to the US during the Fascist period, then settled in 1949 in East Berlin. His early plays show kinship with Expressionism. Die...

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Brian Protheroe

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B. 16 June 1944, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. Originally this showbusiness jack-of-all-trades was a trainee laboratory technician, moonlighting in a provincial folk band Folk Blues...

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Captain Macheath

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The dashing highwayman who is the central character of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1728); he is betrayed by the informer Peachum, but ultimately escapes from Newgate.

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cards, playing

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

A card up one's sleeve a plan in reserve, a hidden advantage (see also have an ace up one's sleeve).

See also house of cards, play the — card.

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Cavan O'Connor

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B. Clarence Patrick O’Connor, 1 July 1899, Eire, d. 11 January 1997, London, England. An immensely popular singer in the UK from the 30s through to the 60s, with a ...

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Doretta Morrow

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(1928–1968).

Stage performer. A small, dark-haired soprano, she originated three of the musical theatre's best ingénue roles. A native of New York City, by the age of eighteen...

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Frederic Austin

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(b London, 1872; d London, 1952). Eng. baritone and composer. Opera début CG 1908 as Gunther in The Ring under Richter. Prin. bar., Beecham Opera. Sang Peachum in his own highly successful...

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George Frideric Handel

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(b Halle, 1685; d London, 1759).

Ger.‐born composer and organist (Eng. cit. 1726). Son of a barber‐surgeon who opposed mus. as his son's career though he permitted lessons from...

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Hy Hazell

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B. Hyacinth Hazel O’Higgins, 4 October 1922, London, England, d. 10 May 1970, London, England (her year of birth is sometimes listed as 1919). An exuberant comic actor and lively ...

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