Charles Santley

by Instant Noodle

Charles Santley was a very famous opera singer, and was probably the most influential and certainly successful opera singer of all time. His range was incredible, and so was his tone, though his acting may have left something to be desirered, as George Bernard Shaw comments;

‘blunt, unpractised, and prone to fall back on a good-humoured nonchalance in his relations with the audience, which was highly popular, but which destroyed all dramatic illusion. He was always Santley, the good fellow with no nonsense about him, and a splendid singer…. The nonchalance was really diffidence….’