B0875. David Ffrangcon-Davies. The Singing of the Future. (preface by Sir Edward Elgar). London, John Lane, 1906. 276pp. Index. Titled in gilt on front cover & spine with vignette in gilt on front cover. Minor foxing, not affecting text.
“David Thomas Davies was born in Bethesda, Gwynedd. He later adopted the name Ffrangcon, an early variant spelling of the nearby valley Nant Ffrancon, as part of his new surname (Ffrangcon-Davies). He attended Friars School, Bangor and Jesus College, Oxford, matriculating in 1876 and graduating with a BA in 1881.
Ffrangcon-Davies' musical interest had begun at an early age under his father's guidance. In 1888, he began to sing professionally in concerts in Cardiff. He soon joined the Carl Rosa Opera Company and made his operatic début in the part of the herald in Wagner's LOHENGRIN. His greatest success was in the title role of Felix Mendelssohn's ELIJAH, which he sang for the first time in 1890 at the Horringham, Yorkshire, music festival.
In the late 1890s, Davies toured the U.S. and Germany. He then moved to Berlin to sing and teach singing. In 1901 he again visited the U.S. to sing and lecture. In 1904 he was appointed professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music in Britain and published a book on vocal training, THE SINGING OF THE FUTURE, in 1905.”
- Z. D. Akron