Cibber, Susanna (Maria)

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Cibber, Susanna (Maria) (b London, 1714; d London, 1766). Eng. mezzo-soprano and actress; sister of Thomas Arne and 2nd wife (1734) of Theophilus Cibber. Début 1732, frequently singing Polly in The Beggar's Opera. Greatly admired by Handel, in whose Messiah she first sang the cont. arias (Dublin 1742). Gave up singing for acting 1746.