THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

George S. Parris (1875, 1877-92)

[Born London c.1854]

Tenor George S. Parris was possibly the longest serving chorister in the early decades of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.  He was reportedly in the chorus of jurymen when Trial by Jury opened at London's Royalty Theatre on March 25, 1875, and remained in the cast into 1876 when Trial by Jury was transferred to the Opera Comique, though the Company was by then no longer under D'Oyly Carte management.

Between April and June 1876 he played the small part of Frank in Alfred Cellier's The Sultan of Mocha at London's St. James's Theatre, before returning to the D'Oyly Carte organization.  He appeared in the chorus at the Opera Comique for the original production in The Sorcerer (November 1877), and it seems likely that he remained in the chorus at the Opera Comique and Savoy for most, if not all, of the next fifteen years:through at least January 1892 (the original production of The Nautch Girl).



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