George Benjamin Allen, chorister, organist, and conductor, 1873 / photograph by Coxhead Brothers

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George Benjamin Allen, chorister, organist, and conductor, 1873 / photograph by Coxhead Brothers

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P1/32

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1LjRy049

George Benjamin Allen, chorister, organist, and conductor, 1873 / photograph by Coxhead Brothers

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George Benjamin Allen, chorister, organist, and conductor, 1873 / photograph by Coxhead Brothers

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George Benjamin Allen, chorister, organist, and conductor, 1873 / photograph by Coxhead Brothers

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1873

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P1/32

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1LjRy049
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1 photographic print - 10.4 x 6.3 cm - carte de visite

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Out of copyright : created before 1955

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George Benjamin Allen, chorister, organist, and conductor, 1873 / photograph by Coxhead Brothers

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NOTES

General note

Transferred from P1/Allen, G. B. (BM), October 2009

Digital order no:a4157032

Signature / Inscriptions

G.B. Allen / Mus Doc / England Opera Co / 1873 -- in ink below the photograph

"Old Snipe Nose" -- in ink on the reverse

CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION

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Pic.Acc.389

Administrative / Biographical history

Allen was a chorister, organist, and conductor in England, Ireland, and Australia. He managed a comic opera company, performing numerous operas in New Zealand, Australia, and India (1874-76), before returning to England. In 1874 his opera bill in Wellington, New Zealand included that country's premiere of Burnand & Sullivan's Cox and Box. (Allen's Royal English Opera Company featured Alice May as its prima donna. He and Miss May were widely reported to be married but that was not strictly the case.)

Allen composed at least four stage works, three cantatas, and many songs. His stage works included Castle Grim (an opera with words by Robert Reese, produced at the Royalty Theatre, London, 2 September to 21 October 1865), The Wicklow Rose (an Irish comic opera by Reese, produced in Manchester, 3 May 1882), Keep Your Places (a operetta by Reese, St. George's Hall, 15 February 1886), and The Viking (an unperformed five-act opera).

For further details on Allen's life and career, see Adrienne Simpson's biography of Alice May, "Allice May: Gilbert & Sullivan's First Prima Donna" (Routledge, New York and London, 2003

Reference: The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company online. http://math.boisestate.edu/GaS/whowaswho/A/AllenGB.htm (accessed October 12, 2009)...

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P1/32

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1LjRy049

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