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Born Redruth, Cornwall, 23 November 1866.

Died Dundrum, Dublin, 21 July 1945.

Cornish soprano.

Fanny Moody studied privately with the English contralto Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, and made her debut as Arline with the Carl Rosa company in 1887 at their base in Liverpool. She remained one of the company's leading sopranos until its temporary cessation in 1898, when she formed the Moody-Manners company in partnership with her husband, Charles Manners. This organisation remained one of the most important providers of opera in Britain until 1916, and at its peak toured three companies simultaneously.

In 1892 she appeared with Lago's company at the London Olympic Theatre, to sing Tatyana in the British premiere of Eugene Onegin, conducted by Henry Wood and with her husband as Gremin. Her voice does not seem to have been especially powerful, and the orchestras were generally smaller in those days. Even so, her versatility was quite remarkable, able to sing Arline in The Bohemian Girl two days after a performance as Isolde. She also had an extensive concert career, as well as appearing on the music hall circuit in 1911.

She created leading roles in several operas, including the title roles in Nordisa (Corder 1887) and Rosalba (Pizzi 1902) as well as Militza in The Cross and the Crescent (McAlpin 1903)

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