Poole, Elizabeth

1820-1906

 

English mezzosoprano singer; born and died in London. When seven years old she played in pantomime at the Olympic Theatre, and represented the Duke of York with Mr. Kean as Richard, Albert to Mr. Macready's Tell, Ariel, and other child parts. In 1834 she made her operatic debut, and, after visiting in America in 1839, was engaged at Drury Lane in 1841. From that time until her retirement in 1870 she sang 'in opera, appearing in Don Giovanni; Maid of Artois; Maritana; Bohemian Girl, in which she introduced into her part of the gypsy queen the song, 'Tis Gone, the Past is All a Dream, written for her by Mr. Balfe; Daughter of the Regiment; and the Huguenots. She was very popular in concerts, especially for her ballad singing. Her voice was rich and sympathetic, her compass wide, and her acting simple and charming. She died at Langley, Bucks.