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Born Bristol.

English soprano.

Marjorie Parry studied in London at the Royal Academy of Music before joining the chorus of BNOC.

During her career with BNOC she spent several seasons in short roles, until she emerged in 1928 as a lyrical Wagnerian, singing both Elisabeth and Elsa,  as well as Alice Ford.

After the demise of BNOC she continued in major parts with the Covent Garden company.  Her roles there included Wagner (Elisabeth, Elsa, Eva); Verdi (Leonora,  Alice Ford); Gounod (Marguerite);  J Strauss (Rosalinde); Leoncavallo (Nedda); Mascagni (Lola); R Strauss (Octavian); Puccini (Musetta, Liù).

In 1927 two early complete opera recordings, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, were made by the Columbia company using BNOC forces.  Marjorie Parry can be heard as Lola in Cavalleria.

Roles in Scotland

Lauretta Schicchi's daughter, aged twenty-one
Gianni Schicchi 1925
Gianni Schicchi 1926
Gianni Schicchi 1927
Giulietta a courtesan
Tales of Hoffmann 1925
Tales of Hoffmann 1926
Micaëla a peasant girl
Carmen 1925
Second Lady in attendance on the Queen
Zauberflöte 1925
Zauberflöte 1927
Zauberflöte 1928
Fourth Flower Maiden
Parsifal 1926
Countess Ceprano
Rigoletto 1926
Javotte an actress
Manon 1927
Manon 1928
Wellgunde a Rhinemaiden
Götterdämmerung 1927
Gerhilde a Valkyrie
Valkyrie 1927
Kate Pinkerton
Madam Butterfly 1927
Siébel a student of Dr Faust, in love with Marguerite
Faust 1928
Alice Mistress Alice Ford, wife of Ford
Falstaff 1928
Falstaff 1929
Mercédès a gypsy, Carmen’s friend
Carmen 1928
Elisabeth niece of the Landgrave
Tannhäuser 1928
Elsa von Brabant sister of the missing Count Gottfried
Lohengrin 1929
Eva daughter of Pogner
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1929
Rosalinde wife of Eisenstein
Fledermaus 1930
Octavian Count Rofrano
Rosenkavalier 1931
Rosenkavalier 1932
Musetta a grisette
Bohème 1932

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