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Edna Thornton Suggest updates

Born Bradford, 1875.

Died Worthing, 15 July 1964.

English contralto.

Edna Thornton had a long career with the major British opera companies, particularly as an interpreter of Wagner.

She worked at Covent Garden from 1905 to 1910, appearing in the Ring cycles of 1908 and 1909.  These were conducted by Karl Richter, and her roles were Erda and Waltraute.  With the Denhof company she added Flosshilde and First Norn.

She toured with the Quinlan and Beecham companies, returning to Covent Garden between 1919 and 1923.  After the BNOC was established she worked with it extensively.

Other roles in her repertoire for which she was noted included Dalila and Amneris as well as Brangäne.  She also appeared in the premiere of Holst's comic opera The Perfect Fool at Covent Garden in 1923.

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