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Frank Mullings (born in Walsallmarker on March 10 1881 – died in Manchestermarker on May 19 1953) was a leading tenor with Thomas Beecham's Beecham Opera Company and British National Opera Company in the 1910s and 1920s. His repertoire included Tristan in Tristan und Isolde, Radames in Aida and Otello.

Mullings made his operatic début in Coventrymarker in 1907 as Faust. He joined the Denhof Opera Company in 1913, was with the Beecham Opera Company from 1916 to 1921, and the British National Opera Company from 1922 to its closure in 1929. He was the first to sing Parsifal in English, which he did at the Royal Opera Housemarker in Covent Gardenmarker in 1919. Mullings was a noted singer of Otello and Tristan. He created the role of Hadyar in Nail by Isidore de Lara, and Apollo in Alkestis by Rutland Boughton.

The critic Neville Cardus, who came to know Mullings well, wrote that “Mr. Mullings acted Canio in Pagliacci far beyond the plane of conventional Italian opera of the blood and sand order. His singing is not exactly all honey, but how intensely he lived in the part! He almost persuades us that there is real tragedy about – that if the puppet Canio were pricked, blood and not sawdust would come forth.”

Mullings joined the teaching staff of the Birmingham School of Musicmarker from 1927 to 1946, and the Royal Manchester College of Musicmarker from 1944 to 1949.

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  1. [1] Mullings on Divineart.com
  2. [2] Mullings on Answers.com
  3. [3] Mullings on Historicopera.com


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