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Charles Webber Suggest updates

Born London c1875.

Died London, 29 July 1954.

English conductor.

Charles Webber is one of a succession of British musicians, mostly now forgotten, who played a vital role in the development of opera in Britain. He was, for several seasons, the highly versatile principal conductor of the Carl Rosa company, at a time when it was performing regularly at Covent Garden with a group of excellent singers, including a young Eva Turner.

He studied in Leipzig before joining the music staff at the Dresden State Opera, which achieved memorably high standards under the direction of Ernst von Schuch from 1882 to his death in 1914. During his period there, Webber was able to work on preparation of the premieres of three Strauss masterpieces, Salome (1905), Elektra (1909) and Der Rosenkavalier (1911). As a conductor, he worked with the companies at Chemnitz and Lübeck. 1914 saw him working as an assistant at Bayreuth, where one of his assignments was to play the bells in Parsifal.

On his return to Britain, his engagements included a period with the Carl Rosa company in the twenties, when he toured widely throughout the UK at a time when the company's standards were at their highest. He then joined the music staff at Covent Garden during the international seasons, and in 1932 he conducted Tannhäuser there.

Roles in Scotland

Trovatore 1920
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1920
Stella Maris 1920
Tales of Hoffmann 1920
Tannhäuser 1921
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1921
Lohengrin 1921
Tales of Hoffmann 1921
Tales of Hoffmann 1922
Lohengrin 1922
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1922
Tannhäuser 1922
Trovatore 1922
Maritana 1923
Thais and Talmaae 1923
Lohengrin 1923
Trovatore 1923
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1923
Tannhäuser 1923
Cavalleria Rusticana 1923
Pagliacci 1923
Tales of Hoffmann 1923
Lily of Killarney 1923
Faust 1923
Nozze di Figaro 1923
Pagliacci 1924
Tannhäuser 1924
Trovatore 1924
Traviata 1924
Nozze di Figaro 1924
Fidelio 1924
Lohengrin 1924
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1924
Maritana 1924
Masked Ball 1924
Cavalleria Rusticana 1924
Samson and Delilah 1925
Fledermaus 1935
Elixir of Love 1935
Traviata 1935
Don Giovanni 1935
Rigoletto 1935
Tannhäuser 1935
Bohème 1937
Fledermaus 1937
Barbiere di Siviglia 1937
Tannhauser 1937
Traviata 1937
Maritana 1937
Rigoletto 1938
Gipsy Baron 1938
Traviata 1938
Fledermaus 1938
Tannhäuser 1938
Barber of Seville 1938
Gipsy Baron 1939
Fledermaus 1939
Rigoletto 1939
Masked Ball 1939
Pagliacci 1940
Barbiere di Siviglia 1940
Cavalleria Rusticana 1940
Fledermaus 1940
Traviata 1940
Barbiere di Siviglia 1942
Bohème 1942
Madama Butterfly 1942
Nozze di Figaro 1942
Traviata 1942
Trovatore 1942
Rigoletto 1942
Traviata 1943
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1943
Nozze di Figaro 1943
Madam Butterfly 1943
Barbiere di Siviglia 1943
Rigoletto 1944
Barbiere di Siviglia 1944
Cavalleria Rusticana 1944
Pagliacci 1944
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1944
Traviata 1945
Barbiere di Siviglia 1945

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