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William Dever was a leading baritone with Carl Rosa before joining the Moody-Manners company.

His repertoire included Mozart (Almaviva);  Meyerbeer (de Nevers);  Balfe (Arnheim);  Wallace (Don José,  Commandant);  Verdi (Luna;  Amonasro);  Wagner (Wolfram, Telramund, Kurwenal, Beckmesser,  Alberich);  Gounod (Valentin,  Mercutio); Bizet (Dancaïre, Escamillo);  Saint-Saëns (High Priest); Mascagni (Alfio);  Leoncavallo (Silvio, Tonio);  Puccini (Schaunard; Sharpless, Scarpia).

It may be that he was a relation of Mr J Dever, who was a bass in the Arthur Rousbey company of 1890, when he sang the important, if brief, role of King Charles in Maritana.  Perhaps even the same person under a changed name?

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