October 5, 1863, Whitechapel, England.

April 16, 1905, Bromley, Kent, England.

Plaistow Cemetery, Bromley, England.

In costume for The Mikado

Ada’s parents were George Edward Rose of Well Street, Whitechapel, London, and Ellen Stenson Reeve Rose.

A contralto, she sang at City Temple, Holborn, London, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone, London, for five years. After joining Richard D’Oyly Carte’s company around 1885, she played the parts of Katisha in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado; Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance; Dame Carruthers in The Yeomen of the Guard; and Duchess of Plaza-Toro in The Gondoliers.

Gibbs parted ways with D’Oyly Carte around 1890, and began working with the Salvation Army. She also sang with Dwight Moody’s evangelistic missions, and was apparently was part of the Keswick Convention movement. Her husband was William James Gibbs, at one time superintendent of the Methodist Central Hall in Bromley, Kent; they married circa August 1898 in Islington, London, England. Her works include:

  1. Channels Only
  2. İzmir
  3. Jesus Is the Only Way
  4. Johannesburg
  5. Loire
  6. Master’s Touch, The
  7. Nantes
  8. Panama City
  9. Ready
  10. Riviera
  11. Salinas
  12. Santa Clara
  13. Sonora
  14. Way of the Cross, The