THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY
E. S. Grant (1886)
E. S. Grant was initially a concert singer, appearing at St. Stephens Church, Brooklyn, in April 1880. By December of the following year he was appearing in Manhattan in comic opera as Marvejol in Olivette (Bijou Opera House, in a cast that included Selina Dolaro and Lillian Russell). He shortly appeared there as Colonel Hops in L'Afrique (January 1882) and Milhailo in Apajune (February 1882). In 1883-84 he was Vulcan in a highly successful New York production of Orpheus and Eurydice (Bijou Opera House and Niblo's Garden), and in May 1885 he was back at the Bijou in a work called The Bridal Trap.
Grant had his only engagement with the D'Oyly Carte organization between January and March 1886. In January he succeeded Arthur Wilkinson in the title role in The Mikado with Carte's Second American Mikado Company appearing at the Hollis Street Theatre, Boston. He played the Mikado until the run ended in March.
Grant would continue to appear in comic opera for at least five more years. His last appearance in New York was with Conried's Opera Company in The King's Fool (Harlem Opera House, May 1890).
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