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Isobel Baillie

(1895—1983) singer


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(b Hawick, Scotland, 1895; d Manchester, 1983). Scot.-born soprano, noted for singing of oratorio (especially Messiah) and Lieder. Début, Hallé Concert, Manchester 1921 (as Bella Baillie), then at chief Eng. Fests. Chosen by Toscanini for perfs. of Brahms's Requiem. One of orig. singers in Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music 1938. Amer. début 1933. Taught at RCM 1955–7, Cornell Univ. 1960–1, Manchester Sch. of Mus. from 1970. Autobiography, Never Sing Louder Than Lovely (London, 1982). CBE 1951, DBE 1978.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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