Victorian Vocalists is a masterful and entertaining collection of 100 biographies of mid- to late-19th-century singers and stars.

Kurt Gänzl paints a vivid picture of the Victorian operatic and concert world, revealing the backgrounds, journeys, successes, failures and misdemeanours of these singers. This volume is not only an outstanding reference work for anyone interested in vocalists of the era, but also a compelling, meticulously researched picture of life in the vast shark tank that was Victorian music.

chapter |16 pages

BIRCH, Charlott(e) Ann (b Camberwell, London, c 1815, bap St Giles, Camberwell, 15 January 1817; d Shaftesbury Road, Hammersmith, London, 26 January 1901)

BIRCH, Eliza (Johnston) (b Crosby Row, St Mary Newington, London, 26 May 1825; d Brighton, buried London, 6 September 1862)

chapter |9 pages

KENNETH, ElEnA (b London, ?16 December 1826; d unknown)

KENNETH, Susan (b London, c 1830; d unknown)

chapter |5 pages

MASCALL [Maskall], Elizabeth (Wadd) (b Enfield, Middlesex, c 1831; d 11 Norland Square, Holland Park, London, 6 April 1893)

MASCALL [Maskall], Mary (Malkin Sherwood) (b Enfield, Middlesex, c 1834; d Portchester House, Portchester, Hampshire, 3 January 1919)

chapter |5 pages

SAPIO, Lewis Bernard (b London, 1784; d Queen Street, Edgware Road, London, 27 November 1851)

SAPIO, Antonio (b London, 1804; d Queen’s Park, Chester, 6 May 1868)

chapter |5 pages

TURNER, James William (b Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, 5 June 1842; d The Croft, Yardley, Worcestershire, 17 January 1913)

TURNER, Charles (b Sutton-in-Ashfield, 15 March 1845; d Auckland, New Zealand, 11 July 1894)

chapter |5 pages

URIO, Michele [IALOMITEANU, Mihai]

chapter |4 pages

VITELLI, Giovanni [WHITTLE, John] (b Spitalfields Market, London, bap 14 August 1825; d in the street, Richmond, Victoria, 20 April 1859)

VITELLI [née DAY], Annie [HOWARDE, Lydia] (b 114 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, bap 7 May 1837; d Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 18 June 1917)