Elisabeth Kumm

Elisabeth Kumm

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:10

WILLIAMSON, JC (1844-1913)

American actor, vocalist & manager. Né James Cassius Williamson. Born 26 July 1844, Mercer, Pennsylvania, USA. Married (1) Maggie Moore (actress), (2) Mary Weir (dancer). Died 8 July 1913, Paris, France.

On stage in USA, Australia and England from1860s. Arrived Australia in 1874 under engagement to George Coppin. Went to found Australia’s most important theatrical companies, JC Williamson Ltd.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 62, 93, 286.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:08

WEATHERSBY, Richard (1859-1915)

English vocalist & stage manager. Né Richard William John Smith. Born 1859, London, England. Son of William Smith and Eliza Weathersby. Married Alice Gresham (vocalist). Died December 1915, Birmingham, England.

Associated with D’Oyly Carte companies in England. Engaged by JC Williamson Ltd to produce G&S operas during 1914-1915.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 235.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:06

WATKIN-MILLS, Robert (1849-1930)

English operatic vocalist (baritone). Born 4 March 1849, Painswick, Gloucestershire, England. Son of Thomas Mills and Mary Watkins. Married Elsie Cantell (vocalist), 1919. Died 10 December 1930, Toronto, Canada.

Noted concert singer & recording artist. On stage in England, Australia and Canada. Visited Australia 1904-1905 as part of world tour.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 255.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:05

WARMAN, Elsa (1887-1944)

Australian vocalist (soprano). Nee Agnes Elsie Victoria Warman. Daughter of William Warman and Emma Hartree. Born 1887, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Died 4 February 1944, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Popular singer and teacher who gained prominence after winning Melba singing scholarship in 1914.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 241.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:04

WARD, Genevieve (1837-1922)

American actress & operatic vocalist (soprano). Née Lucy Geneviève Teresa Ward; aka Countess de Guerbel. Born 27 March 1837, New York City, NY, USA. Daughter of Colonel Samuel Ward. Died 18 August 1922, Hampstead, London, England.

Opera singer turned dramatic actress based in England from 1870s. Visited Australia in 1884 as part of a world tour. First actress to be awarded a DBE, which she received in 1921.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 83.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:02

WALLER, Lewis (1860-1915)

English actor, manager & playwright. Né William Waller Lewis. Born 3 November 1860, Bilbao, Spain. Son of William James Lewis (engineer) and Carlotta Vyse. Married Florence West (actress), 1883. Died 1 November 1915, Nottingham, England, aged 55 (from pneumonia).

On stage from 1883, gaining early experience in the companies of JL Toole and Helena Modjeska. Manager of Haymarket Theatre and other theatre during 1890s with HH Morrell. Joined HB Tree's company, 1897-1900. During the 1910s, toured America, Canada and Australia.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 173.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 19:00

WALENN, Charles R (1867-1948)

English actor & operatic vocalist (baritone). Né Charles Roby Walenn. Born 1868, London, England. Son of William H Walenn and Skene Charlotte --. Brother of Gerald Walenn (violinist) and Herbert Walenn (violoncellist). Married Amelia Rousbey (vocalist) 1901, London, England. Died 30 May 1948, London, England, aged 80.

Noted G&S performer on stage from 1880s. Visited Australia twice for JC Williamson Ltd, in 1914 and 1920-1921.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 241.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:58

VOGHERA, Tullio (1879-1943)

Italian conductor.

Important conductor of Italian and French opera based initially in Stockholm. Associate conductor with Toscanini at Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1909. Visited Australia in 1913 with Quinlan Opera Company when he conducted several important premieres.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 269.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:57

VINING, Hilda (1888-1917+)

English actress. Née Hilda Walters. Sister of Elizabeth Vining (actress) and Lily Vining (actress).

On stage in England and Australia. Visited Australia in 1913 for JC Williamson Ltd to perform in musical comedy.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 181.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:53

VIE, Florence (1875-1939)

English actress. Died 12 April 1939, London, England, aged 64.

On stage in England and Australia.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 188.