Otto Heilig (1881, 1890)

Otto Heilig had two engagements as a chorister with the D'Oyly Carte organization in America. He was in the chorus with one of two R. D'Oyly Carte and E. E. Rice Opera Companies playing Billee Taylor in America in the spring of 1881. We don't know which, but his name appears in the programme for a benefit matinee put on by the combined companies in New York for Helen Lenoir, May 19, 1881.

He later appeared in Carte's New York production of The Gondoliers at Palmer's Theatre (February-April 1890), and perhaps the earlier disappointment at the Park (January 1890).

In between, he had at least two named parts on the New York Stage:the Notary in the operetta Nanon, and Al-Den-Danger in Amorita (both at the Casino, 1885-86). He also toured for a time with Rice's Burlesque Company, appearing in New York between October 1887 and March 1888 and in Boston in April and May 1888.

Heilig's last role in New York was as Cammembert in the Harry B. Smith & Ludwig Englander musical farce The Belle of Bohemia (Casino, September-November 1900).

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