Francis MacLennan (1879-1935)
Born in Bay City, went on to become highly reknowned opera singer.
1909: Review. - Added Dec., 2009.
1909 - The World To-day, Vol. 17.
Francis Maclennan is a proof of the fact that even though American tenors of worth may find it a difficult proposition to pass the stage-doors of our New York operas, they do not go without recognition in a city where there is no discrimination in musical matters as to nationality. Mr. Maclennan comes from Bay City, Michigan. It is interesting, by the way, to note how many of the American singers in Europe hail from the Middle West. After a career as church singer he went to New York, and then to London for study, singing in opera in England with the Moody-Manners Company. Then came his engagement with the Savage Opera Company to sing “Parsifal” in the American tour, followed by two more years with the same company as “Siegmund” (“Die Walkure), “Lohengrin,” “Tannhauser,” and finally as “Pinkerton” in the first American performance of “Madame Butterfly.”
1911 Newpaper article. - Added Dec., 2009.
The New York Times – Dec., 25, 1911
SUCCESS OF AMERICAN TENOR
Francis MacLennan Sings Tristan at the Royal Opera. _______
Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES.
BERLIN, Dec. 24. - One of the operatic events of the season was the appearance of the Royal Opera, last night, of the American tenor, Francis MacLennan, as Tristan.
Mr. MacLennan is the first American who has ever sung the hero of the Wagnerian tragedy on the German operatic stage. He was enthusiastically received, both by the audience and the critics.
Mr. MacLennan is completing his fourth year at the Kaiser's Opera, where he now ranks as leading tenor.
1912 Review. - Added Dec., 2009.
Hampton Magazine, Vol. 28, 1912
Some American Singers in Germany.
Francis Maclennan, of Bay City, Michigan, has scored at the Berlin Royal Opera, where Lucy Gates and Florence Rose, sopranos, respectively of Salt Lake City and Cleveland have also sung.
1918 Brief bio. - Added Dec., 2009.
International Who's Who in Music, 1918
Francis Maclennan. _______
Tenor: b. Bay City, Mich., Jan. 7, 1879, son ofT. J. and Mary (Marsac) M.; educated public high schools of Bay City; studied music with J. F. Mount at Bay City, Carl E. Dufft and Joseph Tamaro of New York and in Europe with Georg Henschel and Franz Emerich; marriedFlorence Easton, soprano (q.v.), London, 1904 (2 children). Debut as Faust in Gounod's opera Covent Garden, London, then appeared at the Berlin Royal Opera, Hamburg Stadttheater, at Antwerp and all large cities of the United States and Great Britain and Canada; created Parsifal in the English production of Henry W. Savage in the U.S. Debut in Berlin as Turiddu, Royal Opera, 1907, there created the roles of Renaud in Leoncavallo's Maia, 1910. Leontes in Goldmark's “A Winter's Tale”; created the role of Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly” at it first performance in America and the first English production in Germany (Royal Opera, Berlin, 1907); member Chicago Opera Co., 1915-7. Principal roles include Radames, Pinkerton, Raoul, Othello, Rienzi, Tristan, Siegmund, Siegfried, Herodes and others.
Address: Daniel Mayer Times Bldg., New York. Home: 29 Fifth Avenue, Port Washington, Long Island, N. Y.
1920 Review. - Added Dec., 2009.
Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 1920
FRANCIS MACLENNAN. _______
Maclennan, Francis (Jan. 7, 1879, Bay City, Mich.), was developed into an eminent operatic tenor by Dufft and Tamaro in New York, Henschel in London, and Emerich in Berlin. In 1902 he made his debut in London as Faust, in 1904-07 sang in 'Parsifal' and 'Madama Butterfly' in the United States with the Savage Opera Company, in 1907-15 was at the Royal Opera in Berlin (the first American to sing Tristan in Germany) and the Stadt-Theatre in Hamburg, in 1915-17 with the Chicago Opera Company (mostly Wagnerian roles) and from 1917 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. He has a large repertory and excels in Wagner and Verdi works. In 1904 he married the soprano Florence Easton, and since then they have been constantly associated in both opera and song-recitals.
1880 Census Bay City, Mich.
McClennan, T. J. - born 1845 New York
Mary L – wife, born 1840 Canada
Frank – son, born 1874 Mich.
Maclennan, Francis, born Jan. 7, 1879, Bay City, Mich.; died Jul. 17, 1935.
Dufft, Carl E.
Easton, Florence (wife)
MacLennan, Francis (subject)
MacLennan, T.J. (father)
Marsac, Mary M. (mother)
Savage, Henry W.
Bay City, MI
Chicago Opera Co.
New York Times
Port Washington, NY
Salt Lake City, UT
Savage Opera Co.
Royal Opera, Berlin
Florence Easton was born Oct. 25, 1882, to John T. & Isabella (Yarrow) Easton, and died on Aug. 13, 1955. Florence began her singing career in around 1903, and went to become the most popular and versatile singers of her time. Her marriage to Francis MacLennan took place in May, 1904, and they had two children, a son born in 1906 and daughter, Wilhilmina (1912-1919). Francis and Florence were divorced in 1928.