THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Jennie Hughes

Jennie Hughes (1881, 1882)

Jennie Hughes made her New York Stage debut in April 1870 at Niblo's Garden with Lydia Thompson's Company in Pippin, or, the King of the Gold Mines. She appeared regularly in New York over the next ten years, principally in burlesque and "variety," until April 1881 when she made her first appearance under D'Oyly Carte auspices in New England, and later New York, as Eliza Dabsey with R. D'Oyly Carte & E. E. Rice's Second Opera Comique (touring) Billee Taylor Company. Billee Taylor ran until August 1881. The next year she was engaged by Carte & Rice again, this time as Mistress Betty in Edward Solomon's Claude Duval at New York's Standard Theatre, March-April 1882. Later that year she appeared again as Eliza in a non-D'Oyly Carte revival of Billee Taylor, and as Mrs. Merton in Grundy & Solomon's The Vicar of Bray. Her last recorded role in New York was as Tartarella in the comic opera Estrella (Standard Theatre, December 1883).




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