The public owes a debt of gratitude to Mr. and T Mrs. Charles Manners for their efforts to popularise Grand Opera in English. It was as members of the Carl Rosa Opera Company that Mr. and Mrs. Manners first met. As a girl, Mme. Moody had won a reputation as a vocalist, but had no idea of going on the stage. When she was about eighteen, however, she came to London to study oratorio singing, which was assumed to be her destiny, and one evening, while at the house of Sir Morell and Lady Mackenzie, she was induced to sing. At the conclusion there was a flattering encore from the number of famous musical celebrities present, and a genial little gentleman exclaimed, "My dear child, you must sing forme." It was Carl Rosa, and a few nights later Mme. Moody made her professional debut on the stage at Liverpool in "The Bohemian Girl." For three years she served with Carl Rosa as prima donna, and was with the late Sir Augustus Harris at Covent Garden for four years. Mme. Moody has figured prominently at the chief musical festivals throughout the English-speaking world, and has toured with the Moody-manners Company. It was with great regret that the public heard, in 1910, that Mr. and Mrs. Manners had decided to retire from the operatic stage.
Mme. Fanny Moody