THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Valerie de Lacey (1897-98, 1901?)

[Born Birmingham c.1877]

Valerie de Lacey joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy in at some point in 1897, perhaps as early as May for the first revival of The Yeomen of the Guard, but certainly for The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein (December 1897-March 1898) and The Beauty Stone (May-July 1898). Her sister, Gertrude, was in the chorus for Grand Duchess and Beauty Stone, but only one de Lacy was in the 1897 Yeomen revival and one de Lacy remained for the initial production of The Emerald Isle (April-November 1901).It's unclear which.

Valerie later appeared in London as the Nurse in the musical play A Country Girl (Daly's, 1902-04), as an extra in Sergeant Brue (Strand and Prince of Wales's, 1904-05), and as Carolina Wilhelmina Amelia Skeggs in an operatic version of The Vicar of Wakefield (Prince of Wales's, 1906-07).

Her mother, Marie de Lacey, served with the D'Oyly Carte at various times between 1883 and 1903.



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