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Alec Marsh Suggest updates

Born Somerset.

English baritone.

Alec Marsh started his singing career in operetta, making his debut in 1887 at the Avenue Theatre, London, in The Old Guard (see cabinet card photograph on the right).

From 1891 he worked with the Carl Rosa company in a range of parts both serious and character. He was the company's Don Giovanni over several seasons, and was also noted for leading baritone roles in works by Verdi and Wagner. From 1896 he began to concentrate more on concert and recital work alongside his operatic activity.

Marsh had married in 1892 the American soprano Alice Esty, also a leading member of the Carl Rosa company. Alice and Alec Marsh soon had their own vehicle, the Esty-Marsh Concert Company. Evidence of their performances seems limited but it is known that by 1895 they had performed their 'Sixth Grand Concert' in Adelaide Town Hall.

On Friday 4th November 1898 the couple sang at Balmoral in front of Queen Victoria, presumably while they were on tour nearby. A programme for this latter event is held at the V & A.

The portrait photograph shown on the left was taken in Dublin.

Roles in Scotland

Mercutio friend of Roméo
Romeo and Juliet 1890
Romeo and Juliet 1891
Escamillo a toreador
Carmen 1890
Carmen 1893
Carmen 1894
Carmen 1896
Carmen 1897
Count di Luna a young noble of Aragon
Trovatore 1891
Trovatore 1892
Lord Cockburn a British tourist
Fra Diavolo 1891
Fra Diavolo 1893
Fra Diavolo 1894
Count Arnheim Governor of Pressburg
Bohemian Girl 1891
Bohemian Girl 1893
Bohemian Girl 1894
Bohemian Girl 1899
Comte de Saint Bris a Catholic nobleman
Huguenots 1891
Count Almaviva a Spanish grandee
Nozze di Figaro 1891
Nectabanus a dwarf employed by the Queen
Talisman 1891
Matthisen an Anabaptist
Prophet 1892
Alfio the village carter
Cavalleria Rusticana 1892
Don Giovanni a young nobleman
Don Giovanni 1892
Don Giovanni 1896
Don Giovanni 1897
Méphistophélès the devil
Faust 1892
Faust 1896
Faust 1897
Faust 1899
Iago Otello's ensign
Otello 1892
Wolfram von Eschenbach a knight and minnesinger
Tannhäuser 1893
Tannhäuser 1894
Tannhäuser 1896
Gianni Rantzau
Rantzau 1893
Tonio a player
Pagliacci 1893
Pagliacci 1894
Pagliacci 1895
Pagliacci 1896
Damnation de Faust 1894
Ford Herr Fluth, a Windsor merchant
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1894
Davie Deans a Cameronian, father of Jeanie and Effie
Jeanie Deans 1894
Quasimodo a hunchback
Esmeralda 1894
Friedrich von Telramund Count of Brabant
Lohengrin 1895
Lothario a wandering minstrel
Mignon 1895
Mignon 1896
Don José de Santarem
Maritana 1895
Maritana 1896
Bernard a captain
Vivandière 1896
Bertram the Unknown
Robert the Devil 1897
Duke of Buckingham
Three Musketeers 1899

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