Greene, Harry Plunket


Irish basso, son of a Dublin gentleman; was born at Old Connaught House, Wicklow, Ireland. He was intended for the law, but gave it up for music, and had his voice cultivated under Hromada and Goetschius in Stuttgart from 1883 to 1886, and for six months under Vannuccini in Florence, finishing in London under Welsh and Alfred Blume. He appeared first in Handel's Messiah, 1888, after which he became prominent as a concert singer in London, and sang in opera at Covent Garden, 1890. He afterward made recital tours in Germany and America, with much success. His voice is said to be an unusually beautiful bass, and his interpretation of the songs of Brahms and Schumann has been especially admired.