William Vincent Wallace (1812-1865)
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9. William Vincent Wallace (1812-1865)
Having learned to play several instruments as a boy, Wallace became a leading violinist in Dublin and a fine pianist. He and his family went to Sydney in 1836 and opened the country’s first music school. He also imported pianos and gave recitals in Chile, Peru and Argentina. His opera ‘Maritana’ was performed at Drury Lane in 1845 and was later staged in Vienna, at Covent Garden and in Australia.