From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Drury, Theodore

(born: 1867  -  died: 1943) 

Born in Kentucky, Drury was a singer and music promoter. A teacher of voice and piano, elocution, and French conversation, he co-produced, with the African American company, Bizet's Most Famous Grand Opera, Carmen, in 1900. He was a singer in and the director of the Theodore Drury Opera Company, which performed regularly from 1900-1910 for Black and White audiences. The company had been formed in New York in 1889. Drury also organized an all African American orchestra. For more see Who's Who of the Colored Race, 1915; and Dictionary of American Negro Biography, by R. W. Logan & M. R. Winston.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Carmen: opera in four acts
NKAA Source: Who's who of the colored race : a general biographical dictionary of men and women of African descent, v.1 (1915)
NKAA Source: Dictionary of American Negro biography

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“Drury, Theodore,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 28, 2020,

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