THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

J. Lewis Campion

J. Lewis Campion (1898-1908)

Baritone J. Lewis Campion served in the D'Oyly Carte chorus at the Savoy from May 1898 to March 1902, during which time his only named role was the Captain in the short companion piece The Outpost in July and August 1900.Campion transferred to Carte's touring Company "C" in March 1902, returned briefly to the Savoy the next month to create the part of A Soldier in Merrie England (April 2, 1902), then rejoined Company "C" on tour later that month.

He remained with Company "C" (later known as the D'Oyly Carte Principal Repertory Opera Company) until April 1908, appearing all that time as Scynthius (or Guron) in Princess Ida and Giorgio in The Gondoliers.He would add two more roles to his permanent repertoire--Second Yeoman in The Yeomen of the Guard in January 1903 and Foreman of the Jury when Trial by Jury was added to the tour in November 1904.Campion also appeared less frequently as Go-To in The Mikado (January 1903-January 1904), and filled in on occasion as the Mikado himself (September 1903) and as Bill Bobstay in H.M.S. Pinafore (1904).

Campion was married to D'Oyly Carte chorister Louise de Mervale. After leaving the D'Oyly Carte, he worked as a stage manager and professional coach for amateur operatic and dramatic societies, and as a teacher of elocution and dancing.




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