Helen Lamont as Rose Maybud in Ruddygore

Helen Lamont (1887)

In November 1886, Helen Lamont made what appears to have been her New York Stage debut as Lady Psyche in a revival of Princess Ida at the Fifth Avenue Theatre under the management of John Stetson. Though not a D'Oyly Carte production, the cast featured several well-known Savoyards including Courtice Pounds and Geraldine Ulmar.

In January 1887 Miss Lamont was on a Stetson tour of New England as Patience in Patience. From February to May 1887, still with Stetson, she appeared under the D'Oyly Carte name for the only time in her career, touring the Northeastern United States first as Princess Ida in Princess Ida, then as Rose Maybud with Carte's Second American Ruddygore Company beginning in March.

She was on another Stetson Opera Company Gilbert & Sullivan tour, appearing at the Theatre Comique in Harlem, New York, in The Mikado and Ruddygore (presumably as Yum-Yum and Rose Maybud) in October and November 1888. In the summer of 1890 she appeared with her own troupe, The Lamont Opera Company, on a tour managed by Nathaniel Roth, as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore.

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