Barnett, John, was born at Bedford in 1802. In 1834 his first great attempt at English opera, The Mountain Sylph, was produced at the reopening of the New Lyceum, and proved a solid success. Fair Rosamond next came out at Drury Lane, and Farinelli followed in 1838. In 1841 he established himself as a teacher in Cheltenham, and prospered. Among his later operas is Kathleen, and his fugitive works may be reckoned by thousands. He died in 1891.