Webster, (Sir) David (Lumsden)

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Webster, (Sir) David (Lumsden) (b Dundee, 1903; d London, 1971). Scots-born impresario and opera administrator. Began career as department store gen. manager in Liverpool, taking major part in city's cultural activities, and becoming chairman, Liverpool Phil. Soc. 1940–5. Gen. administrator, Royal Opera House, CG 1944–70, presiding over post-war development of opera at CG, finding and encouraging many Brit. singers. Knighted 1960, KCVO 1970.

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