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Celli, Frank H.

Harold Rosenthal

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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[Standing, Francis]

(b Dalston, London, April 8, 1845; d London, Dec 27, 1904). English bass-baritone. He had received little vocal instruction when he made his successful début in 1862 at the Marylebone Theatre, London, as Mat of the Mint in The Beggar's Opera. Other stage and concert work followed, and then a period of study with Hermine Rudersdorff and a concert tour with Carlotta Patti in the late 1860s. In 1871 he joined Mapleson's provincial touring company, making his first operatic appearance as Valentin in the first Birmingham performance of Gounod's Faust. Celli's most important work was in English opera. He was a member of the Carl Rosa Company in its first London season at the Princess's Theatre in 1875, singing Gounod's Méphistophélès on the second night of the season. He appeared regularly with the company for several years taking part in the first performances of many new English works, after which he returned to light opera, touring the USA and Canada. His voice retained its freshness and charm throughout his career....

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Subjects: Romantic Music

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