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Julian Sturgis

Julian Russell Sturgis (21 October 1848 – 13 April 1904) was a novelist, poet, librettist and lyricist. Born in the US, he lived and worked in Britain nearly all his life and took British citizenship.

Educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, Sturgis was a notable athlete. He distinguished himself in Eton's sporting activities and rowed for Balliol for three years. He then played association football as an amateur, from 1872 to 1876, and was the first foreigner to play in, and the first to win, an FA Cup Final.

Sturgis qualified as a barrister, but he embarked on a writing career in 1874, producing novels, poetry, plays and libretti. He wrote the words for four operas, with music by Arthur Goring Thomas, Arthur Sullivan, Alexander Mackenzie and Charles Villiers Stanford, respectively. He is, perhaps, best remembered as the librettist for Sullivan's 1891 opera Ivanhoe.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 21st, 1848 (Boston), Died April 13th, 1904

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1922

Roles Represented in DAHR: librettist, lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-12052 10-in. 5/29/1912 Woo thou the snowflake Reinald Werrenrath Male vocal solo, with orchestra librettist  
Columbia 75087 12-in. 9/5/1922 Dear love of mine Hubert Eisdell ; Dora Labbette Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  


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