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Teyte, Dame Maggie

Teyte, Dame Maggie (1888–1976). English soprano. After studying in London and Paris, Teyte made her public début while still under 18 in a Mozart festival at Paris in 1906. She was chosen and coached by Debussy in 1908 to succeed Mary Garden as Mélisande in his opera Pelléas et Mélisande, and he also accompanied her in recitals of his songs. Teyte sang in England with the Beecham Opera Company (later the British National Opera Company) and in the USA with the Chicago (1911–14) and Boston (1914–17) opera companies. Between the wars her British activity centred on operetta and musical comedy, but later concerts and recordings returned particularly to French song, benefiting from her interpretative insights and the clean, pure tone of her singing.

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Teyte, (Dame) Maggie

Teyte, (Dame) Maggie [ Margaret Tate ] (b Wolverhampton, 1888; d London, 1976). Eng. soprano. Début Monte Carlo 1907 (Tyrcis in Offenbach's Myriam et Daphné). Sang Mélisande in Debussy's opera, Paris, 1908, having studied role with composer. Paris Opéra-Comique 1908–10. London opera début 1910. Chicago Opera 1911–14; Boston 1914–17. BNOC from 1922. In inter-war years appeared also in mus. plays (Monsieur Beaucaire, Tantivy Towers, etc.). Last operatic role, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, London 1951 (with Flagstad). Superb interpreter of songs by Debussy, Fauré, Hahn, etc. DBE 1958. Annual prize in her memory.

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