"No, something top notch, an all star Irish cast, the Tweedy-Flower grand opera company with his own legal consort as leading lady as a sort of counterblast to the Elster Grimes and Moody-Manners, perfectly simple matter and he was quite sanguine of success, providing puffs in the local papers could be managed by some fellow with a bit of bounce who could pull the indispensable wires and thus combine business with pleasure. But who? That was the rub." (U16.524)
Fanny Moody (1866 - 1945) was a soprano opera singer, born in Redruth, Cornwall in a musical family (her sisters Lily and Hilda Moody were also opera singers). She made her debut as Arline in 'The Bohemian Girl' with the Carl Rosa Opera Co (1887) and stayed with the company until 1890; she then sang under Augustus Harris at Covent Garden and Drury Lane (1890-94). Her roles included Eileen in 'The Lily of Killarney', Micaela in 'Carmen", Marguerite in 'Faust', as well as leading roles in 'La Juive', 'I Puritani' and several Wagner operas.