B1201. HARRY PLUNKET GREENE. Interpretation in Song. London, Macmillan, 1931. 323pp. Index; Musical Examples; DJ.
“Harry Plunket Greene was an Irish baritone singer who was most famous in the formal concert and oratorio repertoire. He made a great contribution to British musical life also by writing and lecturing upon his art, and in the field of competitions and examinations. He studied in Florence with Vannuccini (a pupil of Lamperti), and in London with Alfred Blume. He made his début in London in 1888, in Handel's MESSIAH, and in the next year appeared in Gounod's RÉDEMPTION. In 1890 he made operatic débuts as the Commendatore in DON GIOVANNI and as the Duke of Verona in ROMÉO ET JULIETTE, at Covent Garden. Thereafter he elected to make his career in recital. He became the original exponent or dedicatee of many of the lyrical works of Parry, and also of Battison Haynes ('Off to Philadelphia'), and of Charles Villiers Stanford. Stanford wrote 'Songs of the Sea' for him. Although his voice was not exceptionally powerful he used it with great style, musicianship and intelligence.”
- Z. D. Akron