THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Beatrice Grosvenor (1880-85)

Contralto Beatrice Grosvenor sang a number of small roles with a variety of D'Oyly Carte touring companies between December 1880 and December 1885. She was Edith in The Pirates of Penzance with Mr. D'Oyly Carte's "D" ("E" from March 7) Company from December 1880 to July 1881, before filling in as Ruth in that opera on one occasion in August. Between December 1881 and December 1882 she was with Carte's No. 2 "Patience" Company, playing Mrs. Bowcher in the companion piece Mock Turtles, and briefly playing the Lady Saphir in Patience during January 1882.

From March to July 1884 she was Mrs. Frumpington in the one-act A Private Wire when it played with Patience with Carte's "C" ("Patience" No. 1) Company, and with Carte's "A" Company from January-December 1885 she appeared as Mrs. Partlett in The Sorcerer, Mrs. Wheezer in Round & Square (the curtain raiser that played with The Sorcerer), and Ada in Princess Ida.

In 1890 she visited South America as a chorister with Edwin Cleary's English Comic Opera Company, appearing in Buenas Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay.

Later, Miss Grosvenor made a few well-spaced appearances in London programs--in the domestic drama The Free Pardon and the mystery play The Pilgrim's Progress (both Olympic, 1897), in a play called Eunice (Hicks, 1909), and in Angelo: The Romance of a Great Composer (Drury Lane, 1923).



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