David Franklin Houston

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Franklin, David (b London, 1908; d Evesham, 1973). Eng. bass. Discovered as amateur by John Christie 1934. Début Glyndebourne 1936. Sang Banquo in f. Brit. p. of 1865 vers. of Macbeth, Glyndebourne 1938. Leading bass CG 1947–50. Notable Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier. Also concert work (Gerontius, etc.). Throat ailment caused retirement 1951. Thereafter worked as effective broadcaster, lect., and writer. Librettist of Tate's The Lodger. Autobiography Basso Cantante (1969).

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Camp David the country retreat of the President of the US, in the Appalachian Mountains in Maryland. President Carter hosted talks there between the leaders of Israel and Egypt which resulted in the Camp David agreements (1978) and the Egypt–Israel peace treaty of 1979.

Originally established and named Shangri-La in 1942 by President Franklin Roosevelt, Camp David was renamed in 1953 by President Dwight Eisenhower after his grandson David.

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