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Born Bury, 3 January 1892

Died London, 4 November 1988

English mezzo-soprano.

Gladys Parr studied in London, at the Royal Academy of Music, and joined Carl Rosa in 1915, singing with them on tour.

At Covent Garden, Parr took such roles as Siébel, Nicklausse, Frédéric, and Suzuki. She was quickly promoted to perform the leading roles of the mezzo repertoire. Later she worked with BNOC, Sadler's Wells and with the Covent Garden company, where she was heard during the international seasons as Magdalene (see photo), Annina in Der Rosenkavalier, and the Fortune Teller in Arabella.

After the war Parr sang with the English Opera Group, creating three roles for Britten: Florence Pike in Albert Herring (1947), Mrs Baggott in The Little Sweep (1949), and Mrs Noah in Noye's Fludde (1958).


Parr's recordings include a live performance of Albert Herring, and a classic version of the great quintet from Meistersinger in which her colleagues included Elisabeth Schumann and Friedrich Schorr.

Roles in Scotland

Third Boy
Zauberflöte 1916
Maddalena sister of Sparafucile
Rigoletto 1917
Rigoletto 1922
Rigoletto 1940
Rigoletto 1943
Rigoletto 1944
Lazarillo a poor apprentice
Maritana 1917
Maritana 1919
Maritana 1920
Maritana 1922
Antonia's mother a spirit voice
Tales of Hoffmann 1919
Suzuki Cio-Cio-San's servant
Madam Butterfly 1919
Madam Butterfly 1921
Madam Butterfly 1922
Madam Butterfly 1923
Madam Butterfly 1924
Madam Butterfly 1927
Madam Butterfly 1928
Madam Butterfly 1942
Madam Butterfly 1943
Madam Butterfly 1944
Madam Butterfly 1945
Siébel a student of Dr Faust, in love with Marguerite
Faust 1919
Faust 1920
Faust 1921
Faust 1922
Faust 1924
Frédéric a young nobleman
Mignon 1919
Mignon 1923
Nicklausse Hoffmann's friend
Tales of Hoffmann 1920
Tales of Hoffmann 1921
Tales of Hoffmann 1923
Tales of Hoffmann 1924
Tales of Hoffmann 1945
Tales of Hoffmann 1946
Azucena a Biscayan gypsy woman
Trovatore 1920
Trovatore 1921
Trovatore 1922
Trovatore 1923
Trovatore 1924
Trovatore 1928
Trovatore 1940
Trovatore 1942
Trovatore 1943
Trovatore 1944
Trovatore 1945
Ortrud Friedrich's wife
Lohengrin 1921
Lohengrin 1924
Magdalene Eva's nurse
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1921
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1922
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1923
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1924
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1929
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1932
Amneris daughter of the King of Egypt
Aïda 1922
Aïda 1923
Aïda 1924
Queen of the Gypsies
Bohemian Girl 1922
Bohemian Girl 1923
Mignon stolen in childhood
Mignon 1922
Mignon 1923
Dalila a Philistine priestess
Samson and Delilah 1923
Samson and Delilah 1925
Mamzell Arvidson a fortune-teller (Ulrica)
Masked Ball 1923
Masked Ball 1924
Carmen a gypsy
Carmen 1923
Cherubino the Count's page
Nozze di Figaro 1924
Flosshilde a Rhinemaiden
Götterdämmerung 1927
Berta Bartolo's housekeeper
Barbiere di Siviglia 1927
Barbiere di Siviglia 1928
Barbiere di Siviglia 1929
Barbiere di Siviglia 1930
Barbiere di Siviglia 1940
Barbiere di Siviglia 1942
Barbiere di Siviglia 1945
Lola Alfio’s wife
Cavalleria Rusticana 1928
Marthe a neighbour
Faust 1929
Quickly Mistress Quickly, a confidante of Alice and Meg
Falstaff 1929
Orlofsky a rich young Russian prince
Fledermaus 1930
Fledermaus 1940
Háta Micha's second wife
Bartered Bride 1931
Annina Valzacchi's accomplice
Rosenkavalier 1931
Rosenkavalier 1932
Marcellina Bartolo's housekeeper
Nozze di Figaro 1942
Nozze di Figaro 1943
Mrs Page Frau Reich, wife of Page, Anne's mother
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1943
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1944

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