William Bartholomew was born in London He was the English translator of Mendelssohn's "Elijah." He was a violinest, chemist and painter, as well as a librettest. In 1841 he submitted to Mendelssohn a libretto for a fairy opera "Christmas Night's Dream," This began their friendship. He also translated "Athalie," "Praise Jehovah," "Oedipus Coloneus," and "Antigone." He also wrote librettos for Costa's "Eli" and "Naaman"
Dianne Shapiro, from "The History of Mendelssohn's Oroatoio 'Elijah'" by F. G. Edwards (London and New York: Novello, Ewer and Co., 1896) and "Singers and Songs of The Church" by Josiah Miller, (2nd ed.) (London: Longmans, Green, and Col, 1869) Go to person page >