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MACINTYRE, Margaret (1865-1943)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1249 MS 6867
Held at: Royal College of Music
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Full title: MACINTYRE, Margaret (1865-1943)
Date(s): 1889-1902
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file 30 letters
Name of creator(s): Macintyre | Margaret | 1865-1943 | soprano


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born India, 1865. She studied in London with the younger Manuel Garcia and made her debut in 1888 as Micaela at Covent Garden, where she sang regularly until 1897. Her roles included Donna Elvira, Ines (L'Africaine), Mathilde (Guillaume Tell), Aida, Marguerite (Faust), Marguerite de Valois (Les Huguenots), Elsa, Senta, Elisabeth (Tannhauser), Desdemona, Leonora (Il trovatore) and Santuzza. She created Rebecca in Sullivan's Ivanhoe at the Royal English Opera House (1891). She appeared at the Leeds Festival in 1889, 1892 and 1895 and the Birmingham Festival in 1891, and took her role as Elisabeth in Tannhauser to Moscow and Petersburg. She sang Sieglinde at La Scala in the first Milan performance of Die Walkure (1892), and made her only Metropolitan appearance as Margherita (Mefistofele) in 1901. She died in London, Apr 1943.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence and papers of Margaret Macintyre, 1889-1902, comprising 30 letters from various admirers and acquaintances including Fitzroy Gardner, H Rider Haggard, Sims Reeves, Giulio Ricordi, Arthur Shadwell, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Ellen Terry, (Francesco) Paolo Tosti, Charles H Wade, Cosima Wagner, Siegfried Wagner; correspondence with Adolf von Gross, Bayreuth Festival, regarding her appearance as Sieglinde, 1895; contracts for appearances at Covent Garden, 1889, 1892, 1897; passes for Royal Opera Company performance at Windsor Castle, 24 May 1895; undated cutting from Il Trovatore on Macintyre's performance as Elisabeth in Tannhauser.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, some French, German, Italian.

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Usual conditions of the Library of the Royal College of Music apply. See the RCM website or contact the RCM Library for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is permitted at the discretion of the Archivist for research purposes only.

Finding aids:

The collection is catalogued in the 'Provisional catalogue of letters in the RCM library' by J Kersey, 1997, vol 1; an entry is also given in the supplement to volume 3 of the Manuscripts catalogue in the library of the Royal College of Music.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by Miss L M Wade, niece of Margaret Macintyre, to the RCM, March 1959.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Robert Baxter as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Source: article by Elizabeth Forbes, Grove Dictionary of Music.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Nov 2001

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