Florence Easton (1890s soprano)

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Florence Easton (not to be confused with the better known soprano Florence Easton) was a British singer and actress who sang with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in the early 1890s.

Easton appeared in several small roles, and one large one, in the Savoy Operas between May 1892 and June 1894. She was Polly in Captain Billy, the one-act curtain raiser that accompanied The Vicar of Bray, in May and June 1892. She created the part of Deborah in Haddon Hall in September 1892, and in April 1893 she succeeded Lucille Hill as Dorothy Vernon for the last several nights of that opera's run. She also appeared in 1893 as Winifred in Mr. Jericho, by Harry Greenbank and Ernest Ford, another one-act piece that preceded Haddon Hall and Jane Annie on the Savoy Theatre bill for a portion of their runs. In 1893, she was supposed to create the small part of Phylla in the first production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Utopia, Limited, but her understudy, Miss Howell-Hersee sang the role from 7 October until 7 November 1893, when Easton took over the part.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Allen, Reginald (1958). The First Night Gilbert and Sullivan;. New York: The Heritage Press.  Introduction to programmes section, p. 4

References[edit]

  • Florence Easton at the Who Was Who in The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company website
  • Ayre, Leslie (1972). The Gilbert & Sullivan Companion. London: W.H. Allen & Co Ltd.  Introduction by Martyn Green.