Rosina Brandram


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(b Southwark, London, 2 July 1845; d Southend, 28 Feb 1907). English contralto. She was engaged by Richard D’Oyly Carte as an understudy for Isabella Howard Paul in the original production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Sorcerer (1877) and filled her place towards the end of the run. She played Kate in the New York première of The Pirates of Penzance (1879), and assumed the principal contralto parts in Carte's London company, beginning with Lady Blanche in Princess Ida (1884). Brandram was intimately connected with the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, remaining with the D’Oyly Carte company for well over 20 years. She created Katisha in The Mikado (1885) and the Duchess of Plaza-Toro in The Gondoliers (1889) and took principal roles in Sullivan's later comic works, including Dancing Sunbeam in The Rose of Persia (1900), and in Edward German's Savoy operas.


From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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