Harrison, William

1813-1868

Vocalist and operatic manager; born at Marylebone Parish, London. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He appeared as a professional singer at the concerts of the Academy and the Sacred Harmonic Society in 1837. Two years later he went on the stage at Covent Garden and afterwards at Drury Lane. Princess and Haymarket Theatres. In August, 1854, he left, with Miss Louisa Pyne, for the United States. Returning, they, with others, established an English Opera Company which introduced many new operas. Harrison opened Her Majesty's Theatre, in 1864, as sole manager. His first appearance as an actor was as Charles Surface, in School of Scandal. He translated Massc's operetta, Les Noces de Jeannette, and produced it at Covent Garden Theatre in 1860. He died at his residence in Kentish Town and was buried at Kensal Green cemetery.