THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Webster Millar as Faust in Faust

Charles Cecil (1921-22)

[Died Jun 1924]

Charles Cecil made his London Stage debut in Tommy Atkins, a "domestic, military, and spectacular drama" in four acts (Princess's Theatre, July-October 1897).He made sporadic appearances in London over the next twenty-four years, before joining the D'Oyly Carte "New" Opera Company in June 1921.For the next six months he took the small tenor parts of First Yeoman in The Yeomen of the Guard and Francesco in The Gondoliers.He then transferred to the main (Repertory) Company, where he toured as a chorister until August 1922 when he left the Company.During this time he filled in on occasion for Leo Darnton as Earl Tolloller in Iolanthe.

Between 1911 and 1924 Cecil appeared regularly in grand opera at Drury Lane, Covent Garden, and elsewhere under the stage name of Webster Millar. He also sang on the concert stage until his untimely death in 1924, the result of blood poisoning.




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