THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

J. C. Armand (1880)

[Born c.1849, died St. Louis, Missouri 8 Jul 1904]

Joseph C. Armand, whose real last name was McLaughlin, toured the U.S. as Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with D'Oyly Carte's Fourth American Pirates Company from February to April 1880. In April he transferred to Carte's Second Pirates Company, by then playing H. M. S. Pinafore, taking over from Dudley Howard as Ralph Rackstraw. The tour appears to have ended in May 1880, and Armand may have returned to the Fourth Company at that point.

Later that year, he joined the Comley-Barton Opera Company, appearing in New York in Lawn Tennis and Olivette. He was still with Comley-Barton in 1881-82 season when the company returned to New York with an English version of Madame Favart and (again) Olivette. Armand was scheduled to appear in Patience and The Pirates of Penzance in Brooklyn in 1886 but the engagement was abruptly canceled. In August of that year he appeared at New York's Standard Theatre, along with Lillian Russell, in the premiere of Charles H. Hoyt and Edward Solomon's The Maid and the Moonshiner. It closed in two weeks. In 1887 he was touring the New York suburbs with the Templeton Opera Company in Girofle-Girofla.



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