(1840–1912) English actress and singer. Trained in opera and oratorio, she made her debut at Drury Lane in Verdi's Il trovatore (1865). Her theatrical career, however, began on the variety stage in music halls like the Canterbury, Oxford, and Alhambra. From 1871 her reputation was based on her performances in the opéra bouffe of Offenbach and Hervé, beginning with The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein. Her greatest success was as Drogan in Geneviève de Brabant (1871) and as Mlle Lange in Lecoq's La Fille de Madame Angot (1873). Her splendid voice and dramatic vivacity made her the most popular female singer of light opera in the 1870s, performing in theatres like the Alhambra and Gaiety as well as in America and Australia.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance in Oxford Reference.