John Braham

(1774—1856) singer

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(b London, 1774; d London, 1856).

Eng. tenor, pupil of Leoni in London. Début aged 13 at CG. Became pf. teacher until 1794 when he took up singing again at Bath with Rauzzini. Engaged by S. Storace for Drury Lane 1796. Sang in oratorios and at Three Choirs Fests. Sang in Fr. and It. with Nancy (Anna) Storace. Reappeared CG 1801. Following custom of time, wrote mus. of his own part in several operas in which he appeared. For Lyceum opera The Americans (1811), comp. The Death of Nelson, which remained most popular item in his repertory. Sang Max in f. Brit. p. Der Freischütz, London 1824, and created role of Sir Huon in Oberon, 1826. His v., regarded as unequalled in It. opera and in Handel, deepened in the 1830s and he sang bar. roles of William Tell at Drury Lane in 1838 and Don Giovanni a year later. Toured America unsuccessfully in 1840. Last appearance was in London, Mar. 1852, when he was 78.

Subjects: Opera.

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