H. C. Barnabee (1833-1917)

The "richly humorous" H. C. (Henry Clay) Barnabee, singer, actor, and theatrical entrepreneur, earned much love for his excellent bass and his restrained comic style. He first went on stage in 1866, at the Boston Museum, in "Box and Cox," a musical farce. In 1867 the performer organized the Barnabee Concert Troupe, and became a successful businessman. The musical actor joined the new Boston Ideal Opera Company, which presented Gilbert & Sullivan productions in the 1870s and 80s, with Barnabee starring in "H. M. S. Pinafore" and "The Pirates of Penzance." However in the late 1880s Barnabee formed the Bostonians, a troupe who played "clean" productions (unlike the naughty Gilbert & Sullivan operettas). Bundled up in his winter coat, the "Dean of Comic Opera" poses seriously at the Warren studio in Boston.

1870 circa 5 years
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William S. Warren (Boston)
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