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Michael Kelly

(1762—1826) singer and composer


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(b Dublin, 1762; d Margate, 1826).

Irish tenor and composer. Début Dublin 1779 in Piccinni opera. Sang at Vienna Court Opera, 1783–7, becoming friend of Mozart and creating roles of Basilio and Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, 1786. Sang in London 1787; actor‐man. King's Th., London, 1793. Comp. mus. for plays and songs. Retired 1811. Wrote amusing and informative Reminiscences (1826; ed. R. Fiske, 1975).

Subjects: Opera.


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