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Elsie Griffin

Singer details:

Voice: Soprano
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: Not entered yet.
Year of Death: 1989

About Elsie Griffin:

Elsie Griffin (6 December 1895 – 21 December 1989) was an English opera singer, best known for her performances in the soprano roles of the Savoy Operas with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.

Beginning her career by entertaining British troops in France during World War I, she popularised such songs as "Danny Boy". She was a principal soprano with the D'Oyly Carte from 1919 to 1926, also recording several of her roles with the company both during that time and afterwards. She married another D'Oyly Carte performer, J. Ivan "Jimmy" Menzies, in 1923. She continued her singing and acting careers into the 1950s, including tours with the Carl Rosa Opera Company from 1934 to 1937.

Elsie Griffin was born in Bristol, England, and sang onstage as a child prodigy. She attended the St. Michael's on the Mount Primary School. She was joint winner in the mezzo-soprano category at the Bristol Music Festival in 1914. During World War I, she made her professional debut in the concerts of Lena Ashwell's company, formed at the request of King George V, singing concerts to entertain Britain's troops in France. John Arlott wrote of her, "Hers was the voice in Fred Weatherly's songs, "Danny Boy" and "Roses of Picardy", that is preserved in the mind's ear of surviving 1914–18 trench fodder." Her performances of these two songs made them into two of the most popular hits of the era.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Poor wand'ring one Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: aria,ensembleVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel
2The sun whose rays are all ablaze Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum
3The hours creep on apace Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine
4Sorry her lot Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine
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