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George Bentham

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Voice: Tenor
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: Not entered yet.
Year of Death: 1911

About George Bentham:

George Bentham (9 December 1843 – 25 March 1911) was an English tenor best remembered today for creating the role of Alexis in the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera The Sorcerer in 1877. As Giorgio Bentami he pursued a professional opera and concert career in Europe and Britain from 1868 to 1877. Alexis proved to be his last role.

Bentham was born in York in 1843, the youngest child and only son of Captain (later Lieutenant-Colonel) John Bentham (died 1858), who served in the 6th Dragoon Guards and the 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot, among others, and his wife Emma Sophia (née Ikin). The family was well-connected and rich. Bentham gained a post in the War Office, and, being possessed of a fine tenor voice, by 1866 he became involved in amateur high society concerts, the first recorded being given by the Margate Volunteers at the local Assembly Rooms. Of his performance the local press wrote: "Rarely do concert-goers hear such a tenor as Mr Bentham ... his singing of 'The Message' was something superb." A few weeks later at Torquay he sang in a concert given by "The Wandering Minstrels", then the leading gentlemen's amateur singing club in Britain. Among his other appearances with the group was one the same season at the West London School of Art. Later the same year he appeared in a concert given by the Civil Service Musical Society at the Hanover Square Rooms in London, where a critic commented: "Besides possessing a voice to excite envy, Mr Bentham has real musical feeling and sings with expression as true as it is unaffected."

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