Anna Hickish (fl start of the 1900s) was a singer and actress
She seems to have started out as an opera singer, appearing at the Shaftsbury Theatre, London , as "Etelka" in The Fortune-teller (Smith and Herbert), 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,
She seems 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 home to La Crosse from Europe aboard the Lusitania to perform The La Crosse Saengerfest,” a piece written by La Crosse composer Oscar Frey, on the same day of its world premiere 100 years ago.at the festival, Krauklis
An Anna Hickish was born in La Crosse Milwaukee and died in Cook, Illinois, United States in 1915, could this have been her?* Descirbed as World-renown opera diva Anna Hickish, a La Crosse native, was brought home from Europe aboard the Lusitania to perform at the festival, Krauklis said.
Behind the scenes: La Crosse Concert Band to bring 100-year-old song back to life By TERRY RINDFLEISCH | La Crosse Tribune Jul 22, 2008
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.
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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