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Charles Manners Suggest updates

Southcote Mansergh.

Born London, 27 December 1857.

Died Dublin, 3 May 1935.

Irish bass and manager.

Charles Manners studied initially in Dublin and then in London at the Royal Academy of Music. After a brief period in Italy, he joined the D’Oyly Carte company at the Savoy in 1881. He made his solo debut as Private Willis in Iolanthe the following year. He soon moved on to the Carl Rosa before joining Covent Garden. In 1892 he appeared as Gremin in the British premiere of Eugene Onegin. This featured his wife Fanny Moody as Tatyana, and was conducted by Henry Wood. After returning from an American tour, they worked extensively with the Carl Rosa before setting up the Moody-Manners company in 1898. This organisation continued to tour until 1916, though Manners himself retired from singing in 1913. Towards the end of their careers, he and his wife also worked extensively singing in music halls.

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