THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Edward L. Bishop (1890-1902)

[Born Marlborough, Wilts. 1869]

Edward Long D. Bishop was a bass member of the chorus for the D'Oyly Carte American Company that performed The Gondoliers at New York's Palmer's Theatre from February to April 1890. When the Company returned to the British Isles, he assumed the small part of Giorgio from May to July.

It's likely he remained with the D'Oyly Carte organization in the chorus over the next several seasons. We next see him in the programme of Carte's Company "D" in September 1895 as Scynthius in Princess Ida. During 1896 and 1897, he was with the Company "B" (redesignated "C" in March 1897) chorus, playing the small named parts of Bob Beckett in H.M.S. Pinafore and Giorgio in The Gondoliers.

At some point in 1898 he transferred to the Savoy Company, appearing in the chorus of The Beauty Stone from May to July, but returned to the field with Company "D" in December 1898 to play Cancan in The Lucky Star and Sing-Song Simeon in Haddon Hall. In October 1899 he transferred to the Company "E" chorus, again appearing in Haddon Hall as Sing-Song Simeon. In 1901 we find him on tour with Company "C" again, filling in as Pooh-Bah in The Mikado for Fred Billington in July, and perhaps appearing as the Royal Executioner in The Rose of Persia. In late 1901 and in 1902, he also appeared as Karl in The Outpost, which played as a companion piece to The Pirates of Penzance, Patience, and Iolanthe.



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