Anna Hickish (fl start of the 1900s) was a soprano and actress.
Born in the city of La Crosse, Wisconsin
Birth • 2 Sources 1875 La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States 1943 Age 68 Death • 0 Sources 14 June 1943.
She seems to have relocated to England, her name appearing as "Etelka" in The Fortune-teller (Smith and Herbert), at the Shaftsbury Theatre, London , in 1901, and at Covent Garden, London, in 1902 as "Michaela" in Bizet's Carmen (1902), "Nedda" in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, "Venus" in Wagner's Tannhäuser, "Ann Chite" in Benedict and Oxenford's The Lily of Killarney.
In 1904 she doubled in the role of "Lady Patricia Vane" in The Cingalee, or Sunny Ceylon (Tanner and Monckton) at Daly's Theatre,
For a while she appears to have been a member of George Edwardes's touring company between 1905 and 1907, inter alia appearing in South Africa. UK appearances for the company included The Lady Dandies (The Merveilleuses, /Hood) at The Grand theatre in Leeds (1907),
In 1908 she was brought back to her home-town aboard the Lusitania to perform at the original La Crosse Saengerfest and was billed as an "world-renowned opera diva".
An Anna Hickish died in Cook, Illinois, United States in 1915, could this have been her?*
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
She was a member of the original South African cast of Veronique (Vanloo and Duval) when presented by the Wheeler Company in 1905 (opening in the Opera House, Cape Town on 11 September, revived in the first half of 1906) and played the lead ("Catherine Upscher") in The Duchess of Dantzic (Sardou/Hamilton) opposite Wybert Stamford a "Napoleon", when it was first performed in South Africa by the Wheeler-Edwardes Gaiety Company, opening in the Opera House, Cape Town, on 28 May, 1906.
Terry Rindfleisch. 2008 "Behind the scenes: La Crosse Concert Band to bring 100-year-old song back to life", Crosse Tribune, 22 July.
J.P. Wearing. 2013. The London Stage 1900-1909: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. (Second, revised edition, p. 423). Scarecrow Press, Google E-book
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