The first biography of Richard D’Oyly Carte, this is a critical survey of the career of the impresario whose ambitions went beyond the famous partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan. Errors and misconceptions in current literature are challenged and corrected to give a truer portrayal of one of the most influential music theatre promoters in the nineteenth century.
Table of Contents
1. Ancestry 2. Apprenticeship 3. The Comedy Opera Company 4. Celebrity Lecture Tours 5. The first Savoy Operas 6. The Savoy Hotel 7. The Royal English Opera House 8. The later Savoy Operas 9. Legacy and Posterity
Paul Seeley read German and Linguistics at University College of North Wales, Bangor, and Music at Edinburgh before joining the music staff of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1976. Before the company closed in 1982, he was assistant to the Company Manager. In 2004, Liverpool University awarded him a Ph.D. for his research on Franz Lehár. He is currently a private teacher and a music examiner for Trinity College London.