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Arthur Winckworth Suggest updates

Born Bath, 9 July 1863.

Died London, 23 January 1942.

English bass and manager.

Arthur Winckworth's long career was devoted almost entirely to the Carl Rosa Opera Company. He was, for many years, a leading interpreter of most of the bass roles in the company's repertoire. He later turned to administration, helping to keep the company afloat through the difficult war years.

Winckworth began his operatic career with the Arthur Rousbey company. Rousbey was a bass-baritone who had sung initially with D'Oyly Carte, before setting up his own business. As both leading baritone and later a conductor, Rousbey toured Britain successfully for a few years, employing several promising artists including a young Henry Wood.

The Carl Rosa management saw Winckworth when both groups were appearing in Glasgow, and lured him away to the larger company. Winckworth worked as principal bass with the Carl Rosa for the next twenty-five years, retiring from the stage in 1921. For most of that time he also took an active part as one of the directors, taking on this demanding role after the company's collapse at the turn of the century.

His wife was Marie Titiens, herself a successful soprano, and a niece of the great Therese Tietjens. They had one son.

Source: The Stage, 5 February 1942.

Roles in Scotland

Charles II King of Spain
Maritana 1891
Raimondo Bide the Bent, the Ashtons' chaplain
Lucia di Lammermoor 1891
Sparafucile a professional assassin
Rigoletto 1891
Sir Tristram Mickleford Lady Harriet's cousin
Martha 1891
Devilshoof leader of the gypsies
Bohemian Girl 1891
Bohemian Girl 1894
Bohemian Girl 1895
Bohemian Girl 1896
Sulpice a sergeant of Grenadiers
Daughter of the Regiment 1894
Page Herr Reich, a Windsor merchant
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1894
Clopin King of the Beggars
Esmeralda 1894
Daland a Norwegian sea captain
Fliegende Holländer 1895
Friar Tuck
Ivanhoe 1895
Colas a quack magician
Bastien and Bastienne 1895
Dancaïre a smuggler
Carmen 1895
Carmen 1897
Son and Stranger 1895
Méphistophélès the devil
Faust 1896
Faust 1899
Faust 1907
Faust 1910
Faust 1911
Faust 1912
Faust 1914
Faust 1916
Faust 1919
La Balafré a sergeant
Vivandière 1896
Hermann Landgrave of Thuringia
Tannhäuser 1896
Tannhäuser 1899
Tannhäuser 1913
Tannhäuser 1919
Leporello Giovanni's servant
Don Giovanni 1896
Don Giovanni 1897
Hunding husband of Sieglinde
Valkyrie 1896
Hans Foltz a coppersmith
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1896
Colline a philosopher
Bohème 1897
Bohème 1918
Heinrich Henry the Fowler, King of Germany
Lohengrin 1899
Lohengrin 1913
Lohengrin 1914
Sir John Falstaff a knight
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1907
Merry Wives of Windsor 1910
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1912
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1920
Rocco gaoler
Fidelio 1907
Claude Frollo Archdeacon of Notre Dame
Esmeralda 1908
Padre Guardiano Franciscan Father Superior
Force of Destiny 1910
Lothario a wandering minstrel
Mignon 1911
Mignon 1912
Mignon 1913
Mignon 1919
King Solomon
Queen of Sheba 1912
Sarastro High Priest of Isis and Osiris
Zauberflöte 1913
Zauberflöte 1914
Mefistofele the devil
Mefistofele 1913
Ramfis High Priest
Aida 1914
Count Almaviva
Marriage of Figaro 1914
Davie Deans a Cameronian, father of Jeanie and Effie
Jeanie Deans 1918

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