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Walter Hyde as Samson. English tenor (Birmingham: 6 Feb 1875 - London: 11 Nov 1951). Studied with Garcia, and appeared in operas as a student, and then in light musicals. He sang Siegmund in the English Ring at Covent Garden, and appeared there regularly from 1908 to 1923. After singing with the Beecham Company he became the director of the British National Opera Company. Tenor Maurice D'Oisly (1882-1949) studied piano and singing at London's Royal Academy of Music. In 1909 at Covent Garden he was singing Froh, David, De Cossé (Gli Ugonotti), and the Philistine Messenger. In 1910 Thomas Beecham offer him parts in Elektra and L'Enfant Prodigue. A versatile performer, he was also performed in Tristan und Isolde and Ivanhoe, singing operas in English, German, and French in fast order. In 1919 he married soprano Rosina Buckman, both of whom performed with Beecham's Opera Company. Webster Millar was his stage name. His real name was Charles Cecil. A tenor, Millar appeared with the D'Oyly Carte "New" Opera Company in 1921. From 1911 until his untimely death (blood poisoning) in 1924, he appeared in grand opera at Drury Lane, Covent Garden, and with the Beecham Opera Company. Olive Townend as Musetta in La Boheme. Olive Townend studied with Emma Nevada in Paris and made her operatic debut in The Boatswain's Mate (Dame Ethyl Smyth) under the baton of Thomas Beecham. Désirée Ellinger ( c1894: Manchester, England - 30 Apr 1951: London), as Musetta in La Boheme. In the early 1920s she appeared on the London stage. In the llate 1920s she could be found on the Broadway muscial stage. Frederic Austin as Iago (Othello). English baritone (London: 30 Mar 1872 - London: 10 Apr 1952). London: Frederic Austin, operatic singer and composer who for many years was closely connected with the Royal Philharmonic Society, died here today at the age of 80. After singing at festivals and concerts, Mr. Austin took up operatic work and became the principal baritone for the former Beecham Opera Company. Writer of many orchestral works, pianoforte pieces and songs, he conducted in 1940 the Glyndebourne Festival's revival of The Beggar's Opera to his musical version. He also was the former president of the British Incorporated Society of Musicians. Obituary, NY Times : 11 Apr 1952. Miriam Licette (9 Sep 1885 – 11 Aug1969 was an English soprano whose career spanned 35 years. She was a pupil of Marchesi and de Reszke. Licette made her debut (1911) in Rome (Madama Butterfly). She sang with Beecham's troupe (1916-20) and with the British National Opera Company (1922-28) that evolved from it. She also sang many important roles with the Royal Opera at Covent Garden (1919-29).  
[During World War I] "During a Tristan und Isolde, with Mullings, Rosina Buckman and Edna Thornton (Brangaene) on the stage, James Elliott, the assistant manager, suddenly appeared among them in dress clothes. Advancing to the footlights with upraised hand, he said to the audience, 'We have just been informed that enemy aeroplanes have crossed the coast and that an air raid is about to take place. I would like to tell you that the walls of this theatre are seven feet thick, but I don't think it's too good for you in the upper and grand circles. I suggest you all come down into the stalls.'" (Source: Reid, Charles. 1962. Thomas Beecham. An Independent Biography. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co.)
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