Gladys Parr studied in London, at the Royal Academy of Music, and joined Carl Rosa in 1915, singing with them on tour.
At Covent Garden, Parr took such roles as Siébel, Nicklausse, Frédéric, and Suzuki. She was quickly promoted to perform the leading roles of the mezzo repertoire. Later she worked with BNOC, Sadler's Wells and with the Covent Garden company, where she was heard during the international seasons as Magdalene (see photo), Annina in Der Rosenkavalier, and the Fortune Teller in Arabella.
After the war Parr sang with the English Opera Group, creating three roles for Britten: Florence Pike in Albert Herring(1947), Mrs Baggott in The Little Sweep (1949), and Mrs Noah in Noye's Fludde (1958).
Parr's recordings include a live performance of Albert Herring, and a classic version of the great quintet from Meistersinger in which her colleagues included Elisabeth Schumann and Friedrich Schorr.
(source Opera Scotland)