THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Henry Hallam (1877)

Henry Hallam began his singing career as a burlesque artist. He eventually joined G. B. Allen's Royal English Opera Company, touring Austalasia in 1874-75 and India in 1875-76 in a variety of comic operas. He then headed for England.

Hallam appeared as the Donkeyherd in Frank Desprez and Richard D'Oyly Carte's one act musical pastoral Happy Hampstead, when it was produced at the Royalty Theatre, London, under the management of Carte and Kate Santley, in January and February 1877, with Orpheus in the Underworld and Lischen and Fritzen. It was his only engagement under D'Oyly Carte management. Later that year he was on tour with Santley as the Defendant in Trial by Jury and Prince Doro in W. S. Gilbert and Frederic Clay's Princess Toto.

He later toured with Richard South's Opera Company in Procida Bucalossi's comic opera Pom (1878). He went on to appear in New York with Rudolph Aronson's Company where his roles included Colonel Fairfax in The Yeomen of the Guard (Casino, 1888) and the Duke of Mantua in W. S. Gilbert's translation of Offenbach's The Brigands (Casino and on tour, 1889), among many others. In 1893 he appeared with Lillian Russell in a number of parts including Risotto in Gilbert & Cellier's The Mountebanks at New York's Garden Theatre.

Hallam eventually traveled to Australia and New Zealand where, in 1901, he made a lengthy tour of Australia and New Zealand in a George Musgrove production of the musical comedy A Chinese Honeymoon.



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