Nell Chard in Patience

Nell Chard (1887-88)

[Born Kingston, Surrey 21 Nov 1862]

Ellen "Nell" Chard studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music, entering in 1883. She toured with Walter Browne in 1885, appearing in his comediatta Once Again that year. Later she was engaged as a chorister with the D'Oyly Carte Company that toured Germany, Austria, and Holland, presenting H.M.S. Pinafore, Patience, and The Mikado to continental audiences from April 1887 to February 1888.

She was the younger sister of D'Oyly Carte soprano Kate Chard. In March 1888 Nell filled in for her older sister in the title role in the comic opera Rhoda when it was performed at the Theatre Royal, Bradford.

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