Gustavus Waltz

(fl. 1732—1759)

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(fl. 1732–59; d London, c.1759).

Eng. bass of Ger. birth. Sang in Arne's Eng. opera season at Little Haymarket Th., 1732 in Lampe's Amelia. Went with Handel to Oxford in July 1733, singing in 4 of his oratorios and in anthems. Member of Handel's opera orch. 1733–6, creating the King of Scotland in Ariodante (1735) and Melisso in Alcina (1736). Rejoined Handel for oratorio season 1738–9. In later part of career sang mainly in lighter works by Lampe and Arne. Sang in chorus at Foundling Hospital perfs. of Messiah 1759. Story that he was once Handel's cook is unverified, as is Handel's alleged remark in 1745 that ‘Gluck knew no more of counterpoint than my cook Waltz’.

Subjects: Opera.

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