By Professor Philip H Highfill Jr PhD, Professor Kalman A Burnim PhD, Edward A. Langhans

ISBN-10: 0809318024

ISBN-13: 9780809318025

A massive undertaking began in 1973 reaches its end with the ebook of volumes 15 and sixteen of the Biographical Dictionary, a chain thought of "a reference paintings of the 1st order" through Theatre and appearing Arts Collections.Among performers highlighted in those final volumes is Catherine Tofts, a talented singer whose renowned acclaim used to be captured in traces by way of Samuel Phillips: "How are we pleas’d whilst beauteous Tofts appears, / To thieve our Souls via our attentive Ears?’ / Ravish’d we hearken to th’ inchanting tune, / And capture the falling Accents from her Tongue." the 1st singer of English delivery to grasp the shape of Italian opera, Tofts usually received top roles over local Italian singers. Her salary—?400 to ?500 a season—was one of many optimum within the theatre. Her reputation declined, besides the fact that, as her calls for for money increased—a state of affairs captured in an epigram Alexander Pope can have penned: "So brilliant is thy attractiveness, so fascinating thy tune, / As had drawn either the beasts and their Orpheus along; / yet such is thy avarice, and such is thy satisfaction, / That the beasts should have starved, and the poets have died."John Vanbrugh, whose play The Relapse is ranked as the best comedies of the recovery interval, grew to become a subordinate crown architect less than Sir Christopher Wren in 1702. In 1703, Vanbrugh all started plans for the Queen’s Theatre within the Haymarket, an company counseled by way of the package Cat membership (of which Vanbrugh was once a member). although his lavish layout used to be acoustically faulty, restructuring helped right the matter and the theatre finally grew to become the unique heart for opera in London.

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Tioli, John Baptist [fl. 1757c. 1760s], dancer. Neither the date of John Baptist Tioli's first arrival in London nor that of his departure for Page 7 Dublin are known. He was advertised as "late first dancer of the Opera" (in London) on the Smock Alley Theatre's bill of 19 October 1757. W. S. Clark's manuscript records show him at the Crow Street Theatre in 175960. By the fall of 1760 he was again in London. David Garrick wrote to Joseph Austin, his assistant prompter, on Sunday, 12 October 1760, urging him to make a substitution in the planned playbill at Drury Lane on the following Tuesday.

Mr Tobin was a member of Madame Violante's troupe at the Haymarket Theatre in the fall of 1732. On 4 September he danced Two Pierrots with Lalauze, and on 11 September he was an Old Woman in a dance called The White Joke. On 12 September the troupe was at Richmond Wells, where Tobin and Lalauze again danced. Todd, James d. 1736, actor. At Covent Garden Theatre on 27 March 1736 James Todd played Skin'em in A City Ramble. He appeared at Southwark Fair as a Chimney Sweep in The Innocent Wife on 7 September.

S. Clark's manuscript records show him at the Crow Street Theatre in 175960. By the fall of 1760 he was again in London. David Garrick wrote to Joseph Austin, his assistant prompter, on Sunday, 12 October 1760, urging him to make a substitution in the planned playbill at Drury Lane on the following Tuesday. "I have thought of something better than ye beggar's Opera. let it be ye Careless Husband wth Dancing by Signr Tioli. '' He danced again, with the corps de ballet, on 13 December. He teamed with Mary Baker again on 24 January 1761 in The Enchanted Peasant, another "pantomime dance," and was seen once more with her and others for the benefit of the ballet master Leviez on 18 April 1761 in The Venetian Gondolier.

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