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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
Rigoletto 1909
Rigoletto 1917
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
Bohemian Girl 1906
Bohemian Girl 1908
Bohemian Girl 1909
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
Dancaïre a smuggler
Carmen 1895
Carmen 1897
Mayor
Son and Stranger 1895
Daland a Norwegian sea captain
Fliegende Holländer 1895
Colas a quack magician
Bastien and Bastienne 1895
Friar Tuck
Ivanhoe 1895
Méphistophélès the devil
Faust 1896
Faust 1899
Faust 1905
Faust 1907
Faust 1908
Faust 1909
Faust 1910
Faust 1911
Faust 1912
Faust 1913
Faust 1914
Faust 1915
Faust 1916
Faust 1917
Faust 1918
Faust 1919
Faust 1920
Hermann Landgrave of Thuringia
Tannhäuser 1896
Tannhäuser 1899
Tannhäuser 1905
Tannhauser 1906
Tannhäuser 1907
Tannhäuser 1908
Tannhäuser 1913
Tannhäuser 1916
Tannhäuser 1918
Tannhäuser 1919
La Balafré a sergeant
Vivandière 1896
Leporello Giovanni's servant
Don Giovanni 1896
Don Giovanni 1897
Don Giovanni 1905
Don Giovanni 1906
Don Giovanni 1907
Don Giovanni 1908
Don Giovanni 1909
Don Giovanni 1919
Hunding husband of Sieglinde
Valkyrie 1896
Hans Foltz a coppersmith
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1896
Colline a philosopher
Bohème 1897
Bohème 1918
Bohème 1919
Heinrich Henry the Fowler, King of Germany
Lohengrin 1899
Lohengrin 1905
Lohengrin 1906
Lohengrin 1908
Lohengrin 1909
Lohengrin 1913
Lohengrin 1914
King Mark King of Cornwall, Tristan's uncle
Tristan and Isolde 1905
Tristan und Isolde 1920
Sir John Falstaff a knight
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1907
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1909
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1910
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1912
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1918
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1920
Count Almaviva
Nozze di Figaro 1907
Nozze di Figaro 1908
Nozze di Figaro 1909
Nozze di Figaro 1914
Nozze di Figaro 1918
Rocco gaoler
Fidelio 1907
Fidelio 1908
Claude Frollo Archdeacon of Notre Dame
Esmeralda 1908
Esmeralda 1909
Padre Guardiano Franciscan Father Superior
Force of Destiny 1910
Lothario a wandering minstrel
Mignon 1911
Mignon 1912
Mignon 1913
Mignon 1916
Mignon 1918
Mignon 1919
King Solomon
Queen of Sheba 1912
Sarastro High Priest of Isis and Osiris
Zauberflöte 1913
Zauberflöte 1914
Zauberflöte 1916
Zauberflöte 1917
Mefistofele the devil
Mefistofele 1913
Ramfis High Priest
Aida 1914
Aïda 1916
Aïda 1917
King of Egypt
Aïda 1915
Merlier an elderly miller
Attaque du Moulin 1916
Attaque du Moulin 1917
Davie Deans a Cameronian, father of Jeanie and Effie
Jeanie Deans 1918

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