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Gladys Ancrum Suggest updates

Born Surrey.

English soprano.

Early in her career, in 1914, she was a member of Thomas Quinlan's company that toured to South Africa, Australia and Canada. Her repertoire at this time included Venus in Tannhäuser and the title role in Louise. Later, she concentrated on the heavier Wagner roles, singing Kundry at Covent Garden in 1919. She also sang with the Beecham and BNOC companies. Roles with BNOC included Sieglinde, Brünnhilde, Isolde and Kundry.

In November 1983 and August 1984 issues of Opera are articles by John Steane about Neville Cardus’ criticism which quote enthusiastic descriptions of her as Kundry. She made some recordings.

Roles in Scotland

Ida Adele's sister
Fledermaus 1910
Antonia's mother a spirit voice
Tales of Hoffmann 1911
Kundry a woman in Klingsor's power
Parsifal 1922
Parsifal 1926
Señora Juanita de Castro
Leper's Flute 1926
Brünnhilde a Valkyrie
Valkyrie 1927
Meg Mistress Page
Falstaff 1927
Sieglinde a Volsung, sister of Siegmund
Valkyrie 1928
Brünnhilde now a mortal
Siegfried 1930
Tannhauser 1930

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