Manners, Charles (real name, Southcote Mansergh)

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Manners, Charles (real name, Southcote Mansergh)

Manners, Charles (real name, Southcote Mansergh), Irish bass and opera impresario; b. London, Dec. 27, 1857; d. Dundrum, County Dublin, May 3, 1935. He studied in Dublin, then at the Royal Academy of Music in London and in Florence. In 1882 he made his stage debut with the D’Oyly Carte company in London, creating the role of Private Willis in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe.In 1890 he married Fanny Moody, with whom he organized the Moody-Manners Opera Co. (1898); it toured widely until its demise in 1916. He retired from active management of its affairs in 1913.

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