Manners, Charles

(Real name Southcote Mansergh)



English opera-singer and manager; born at London. He studied in Dublin and London and then in Italy, and in 1881 was in the chorus in Carte's traveling opera company. In 1882 he made his debut as Private Willis in lolanthe at the Savoy Theatre. He then toured in the provinces with the Carl Rosa Company, and in 1890 appeared as Bertram at Covent Garden. In 1892 he sang the part of Prince Gremin in Tschaikowsky's Eugen Onegin at the Olympic, and later appeared as the King in Lohengrin. In 1893 he visited America. From 1894 to 1896 he was with Harris, in English and Italian Opera. In 1896 he made a South African tour. He then organized the Moody-Manners Opera Company and toured the provinces with it. In 1892 he was at Covent Garden and in 1894 at Drury Lane. His most recent musical venture was an operatic festival at Sheffield, for the University.