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Born Redruth, Cornwall, 23 November 1866.

Died Dundrum, Dublin, 21 July 1945.

Cornish soprano.

Fanny Moody studied privately with the English contralto Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, and made her debut as Arline with the Carl Rosa company in 1887 at their base in Liverpool. She remained one of the company's leading sopranos until its temporary cessation in 1898, when she formed the Moody-Manners company in partnership with her husband, Charles Manners. This organisation remained one of the most important providers of opera in Britain until 1916, and at its peak toured three companies simultaneously.

In 1892 she appeared with Lago's company at the London Olympic Theatre, to sing Tatyana in the British premiere of Eugene Onegin, conducted by Henry Wood and with her husband as Gremin.

Moody's voice does not seem to have been especially powerful, and the orchestras were generally smaller in those days. Even so, her versatility was quite remarkable, able to sing Arline in The Bohemian Girl two days after a performance as Isolde. She also had an extensive concert career, as well as appearing on the music hall circuit in 1911.

Moody created leading roles in several operas, including the title roles in Nordisa (Corder 1887) and Rosalba (Pizzi 1902) as well as Militza in The Cross and the Crescent (McAlpin 1903)

Revised 14 February 2016.

Roles in Scotland

Elvira a Spanish princess, betrothed to Alfonso
Masaniello 1887
Nordisa a peasant girl
Nordisa 1887
Arline Arnheim's daughter
Bohemian Girl 1887
Bohemian Girl 1888
Bohemian Girl 1889
Bohemian Girl 1905
Mignon stolen in childhood
Mignon 1887
Mignon 1888
Mignon 1889
Faust 1888
Faust 1905
Faust 1908
Carmen a gypsy
Carmen 1889
Micaëla a peasant girl
Carmen 1889
Mary Wolfe the Colonel's daughter
Puritan's Daughter 1889
Mary the 'Amber Witch', the Pastor's daughter
Amber Witch 1900
Brünnhilde now a mortal
Siegfried 1901
Isolde an Irish princess
Tristan und Isolde 1901
Tristan und Isolde 1905
Elsa von Brabant sister of the missing Count Gottfried
Lohengrin 1902
Lohengrin 1909
Tatyana Larina's elder daughter
Eugene Onegin 1906
Eugene Onegin 1909
Susanna the Countess's maid
Nozze di Figaro 1906
Cio-Cio-San known as Madam Butterfly
Madam Butterfly 1907
Madam Butterfly 1908
Madam Butterfly 1909
Elisabeth niece of the Landgrave
Tannhäuser 1908
Tannhäuser 1909
Floria Tosca a famous singer
Tosca 1910

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