Templeton, John, Scottish tenor; b. Riccarton, near Kilmarnock, July 30, 1802; d. New Hampton, near London, July 2, 1886. He sang in various churches in Edinburgh, then went to London, where he took lessons in singing with Welch, De Pinna, and Tom Cooke. On Oct. 13, 1831, he made his London debut at Drury Lane as Belville in Sheild’s Rosina; subsequently was a regular member there. Maria Malibran selected him as tenor for her operatic appearances in London (1833-35). In 1842 he was in Paris; during the season of 1845-46, he made an American tour announced as “Templeton Entertainment,” singing folk songs of Great Britain. His commentaries and reminiscences were publ. as A Musical Entertainment (Boston, 1845). He retired in 1852.
W. Husk, ed., T. and Malibran: Reminiscences (London, 1880).
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