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1835-1879 - Hyde Park Gate (Kensington)

Tenor Giacinto Marras was born on 6 July 1810 at Naples. In 1820 he entered the preparatory school of the Real Collegio di Musica where he studied under Niccolò Zingarelli and Girolamo Crescentini. On leaving the college he made a tour through Italy, and in 1835 he was invited by the Marquess of Anglesey and the Duke of Devonshire to give concerts in England. In 1846 Marras settled permanently in London. As a teacher of singing he was much in demand and he composed more than a hundred songs, mainly in Italian. He published his Lezioni di canto in 1849 and, a year later, Elementi vocali. In 1855 he turned down a professorship of singing at the Royal Academy of Music. About 1860 he started his Après-midis musicales’ at his house at no. 10 Hyde Park Gate. In 1879 he went to Cannes and Nice, where he made his last public appearances. Suffering from bronchitis, he moved to Monte Carlo where he died at the Hôtel de Londres in May 1883.

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