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Frederick (later Frederic) Edward Weatherly.

Born Portishead, 4 October 1848.

Died Bath, 7 September 1929.

English barrister (eventually KC),  lyricist, librettist and translator.

Frederick Weatherly provided the words for an enormous number of successful songs which remained popular well into the twentieth century. Four notable settings by Stephen Adams (Michael Maybrick 1844-1913) were The Holy City, The Star of Bethlehem, Nirvana and Thora. The Old Brigade became popular in a setting by Odoardo Barri (c1840-1920). A later, and perhaps more familiar composer, Eric Coates (1886-1957) had lasting success with The Green Hills o' Somerset and Star of God. Perhaps most famous of all is the hugely popular lyric known as Danny Boy, set to the existing melody The Londonderry Air. There were hundreds in total.

As a translator of opera libretti he produced usable English versions of several works of the verismo school, most importantly Cavalleria Rusticana (1892) and Pagliacci,(1893) both of which remained in use for over half a century. Mascagni's later works L'amico Fritz (1892) and I Rantzau (1893) were also staged, with less success, in his English versions. He also provided the performing version of a French opera of similar vintage, Bruneau's L'Attaque du Moulin staged in 1915.

As an original librettist he collaborated on the texts for Signa (Cowen 1893) and The Lady of Longford (Leonhard Emil Bach 1894).

Roles in Scotland

Translator
Amico Fritz 1892
Cavalleria Rusticana 1892
Rantzau 1893
Cavalleria Rusticana 1893
Amico Fritz 1893
Pagliacci 1893
Pagliacci 1894
Cavalleria Rusticana 1894
Pagliacci 1895
Cavalleria Rusticana 1895
Cavalleria Rusticana 1896
Pagliacci 1896
Cavalleria Rusticana 1897
Pagliacci 1897
Cavalleria Rusticana 1898
Pagliacci 1898
Cavalleria Rusticana 1898
Cavalleria Rusticana 1899
Pagliacci 1899
Cavalleria Rusticana 1899
Cavalleria Rusticana 1909
Pagliacci 1909
Cavalleria Rusticana 1912
Pagliacci 1912
Cavalleria Rusticana 1915
Pagliacci 1915
Pagliacci 1917
Cavalleria Rusticana 1917
Cavalleria Rusticana 1920
Pagliacci 1920
Cavalleria Rusticana 1920
Pagliacci 1920
Cavalleria Rusticana 1921
Pagliacci 1921
Cavalleria Rusticana 1922
Pagliacci 1922
Cavalleria Rusticana 1923
Pagliacci 1923
Pagliacci 1924
Cavalleria Rusticana 1924
Pagliacci 1926
Cavalleria Rusticana 1926
Pagliacci 1926
Pagliacci 1927
Pagliacci 1927
Cavalleria Rusticana 1927
Pagliacci 1929
Pagliacci 1937
Cavalleria Rusticana 1937
Cavalleria Rusticana 1939
Pagliacci 1939
Cavalleria Rusticana 1944
Pagliacci 1944
Cavalleria Rusticana 1946
Pagliacci 1946
Cavalleria Rusticana 1949
Pagliacci 1949
Pagliacci 1951
Cavalleria Rusticana 1951
Cavalleria Rusticana 1954
Pagliacci 1954
Cavalleria Rusticana 1955
Pagliacci 1955
Cavalleria Rusticana 1956
Pagliacci 1956
Cavalleria Rusticana 1957
Pagliacci 1957
Cavalleria Rusticana 1958
Cavalleria Rusticana 1963
Pagliacci 1963
Pagliacci 1980
Cavalleria Rusticana 1980
Cavalleria Rusticana 1991
Pagliacci 1991

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