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ISAACS, REBECCA:

English actress and singer; born in London June 26, 1828; died there April 21, 1877. Her father, John Isaacs, an actor and singer of Covent Garden Theater, trained her for the stage, on which she first appeared March 17, 1835. She took the chief rôles in the English opera season at Drury Lane Theater in 1846, and often appeared in concerts and operas with Sims Reeves. She produced a series of operas at the Strand Theater in 1852-55, and created the rôle of Leila in the opera "Satanella," at Covent Garden Theater, in 1858. Her voice was a soprano of great compass and sweetness.

Bibliography:
  • The Players, iii. 279-280, 289, London, 1860;
  • The Era (London), April 29, 1877;
  • Bose, Modern English Biog.
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