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Thomas Aynsley Cook.

Born London, July 1831 (or 1836).

Died Liverpool, 16 February 1894.

English bass-baritone.

Aynsley Cook studied in Germany and began his singing career there. On his return to Britain, he made his debut at Manchester in 1856 with the National English Opera Company run by Lucy Escott. He then toured to the USA with this company.

From 1862-64 he was a member of the Pyne-Harrison company, working at Covent Garden. He stayed at that theatre for another couple of years with the Royal English Opera Company. The repertoire at this time relied heavily on the constant flow of new works by Balfe, Wallace and Benedict, in addition to popular European works translated into English.

Cook then spent the 1870-71 seasons at the Gaiety Theatre in London, where he appeared as Van Bett in the British premiere of Lortzing's Zar und Zimmermann as well as popular French works by Auber (Fra Diavolo) and Hérold (Zampa).

These were typical of the roles he was able to carry over to the newly-established Carl Rosa organisation. He continued to appear regularly in their productions throughout the rest of his career.

While singing leading parts with the Carl Rosa, Aynsley Cook sang in a charity concert to raise funds for the restoration of St Mary's R C Cathedral, Broughton Street, Edinburgh. The work they performed was the Rossini Stabat Mater. This may well have been its Scottish premiere.

His wife also sang extensively with the Carl Rosa company, and their daughter married the conductor Eugene Goossens II, so Aynsley Cook was the grandfather of the talented Goossens siblings - Sir Eugene, Leon, Marie, Sidonie and Adolf.

Roles in Scotland

Don José de Santarem
Maritana 1874
Maritana 1877
Giacomo a bandit
Fra Diavolo 1874
Leporello Giovanni's servant
Don Giovanni 1874
Don Giovanni 1886
Don Giovanni 1887
Don Giovanni 1888
Don Giovanni 1892
Devilshoof leader of the gypsies
Bohemian Girl 1874
Bohemian Girl 1877
Bohemian Girl 1885
Bohemian Girl 1886
Bohemian Girl 1887
Bohemian Girl 1888
Bohemian Girl 1889
Bohemian Girl 1890
Bohemian Girl 1891
Bohemian Girl 1893
Valentin Marguerite's brother
Faust 1874
Father Tom Parish Priest of Kenmare
Lily of Killarney 1876
Daniel Mikeli's father
Water Carrier 1876
Daniel Capuzzi a follower of Zampa
Zampa 1876
Zampa 1877
Count Rosenberg
Siege of Rochelle 1877
Méphistophélès the devil
Faust 1877
Danny Mann a boatman, devoted to Hardress
Lily of Killarney 1877
Hugo the Sompnour (a tithe gatherer)
Robin Hood 1877
Sir John Falstaff a knight
Lustigen Weiber von Windsor 1877
Pauline 1877
Figaro the Count's valet
Nozze di Figaro 1877
Daland a Norwegian sea captain
Fliegende Holländer 1877
Colonel Ollendorf Governor of Cracow
Beggar Student 1885
Dancaïre a smuggler
Carmen 1885
Carmen 1886
Carmen 1887
Carmen 1888
Carmen 1889
Carmen 1890
Carmen 1891
Carmen 1892
Carmen 1893
Bartolo a doctor, the Countess's former guardian
Nozze di Figaro 1886
Nozze di Figaro 1888
Nozze di Figaro 1891
Halvor an innkeeper, brother-in-law of Andreas
Nordisa 1887
Baron Truenfels
Lurline 1889
Ralph a servant
Puritan's Daughter 1889
Gritzenko a corporal of grenadiers
Étoile du nord 1889
Sulpice a sergeant of Grenadiers
Daughter of the Regiment 1890
Daughter of the Regiment 1891
Daughter of the Regiment 1892
Daughter of the Regiment 1893
Baron Douphol Violetta's protector, a rival of Alfredo
Traviata 1890
Gil Perez Porter at the Convent
Black Domino 1891
Beppo a bandit
Fra Diavolo 1891
Fra Diavolo 1893
Stabat Mater 1891
Bijou a blacksmith
Postillon de Longjumeau 1892
Postillon de Longjumeau 1893
Dulcamara a quack doctor
Elisir d'amore 1893

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