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CodeNA9371
Dates1884-1977
Person NameHislop; Joseph (1884-1977); opera singer
SurnameHislop
ForenamesJoseph
Epithetopera singer
ActivityJoseph Hislop FGSM, opera singer professor of singing, was born in Edinburgh on 5 April 1884. At the age of 10 he became a chorister at St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. Subsequently he studied with Dr Gillis Bratt in Stockholm and during this time he joined the School of Opera attached to the Royal Opera House, Stockholm. He made his debut in Stockholm as Faust in 1916. During his international career he sang at Covent Garden 1920-1928, Chicago, 1920, and in all the major European and international opera houses - including New York and in the Argentine- between the Great and Second World Wars. He enjoyed a distinguished career as a teacher both in Stockholm and in London; his pupils included Birgit Nilsson. He also painted with some distinction and was commissioned to paint the distinguished surgeon Ivor Griffiths. He was Professor of Singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1952-1964 and Adviser on Singing to Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1948-1954. He married, firstly, Karin Asklund of Gothenburg, the marriage - of which the issue was one son and two daughters - was dissolved. In 1940 he married Agnes Fraser, daughter of Walter Passmore, London. In later life he retired to Fife and died on 6 May 1977. Hislop was awarded the Gold Medal, Literis et Artibus, Sweden, 1922, the Order of Dannebrog, Denmark, 1926 and the Order of Vasa, Sweden, 1929.
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