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Anna Russell
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Born in Maida Vale, London
Born on 27th of December 1911
Died on 18th of October 2006

Anna Russell studied at the RCM, and made a few professional appearances in opera (and even folk song), but her fame was to be found in anything but serious music. Quite the opposite – she had a gift for comedy intentional and otherwise (once inadvertantly demolishing a stage set), and found her niche as a parodist of operas and the operatic, Wagner her greatest target, with Gilbert and Sullivan a close second, and of any other style of music that took her fancy (and itself too seriously). After her youth in England she lived much of her life in Canada, though touring took her around the world.

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