THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Louis Pfau (1880)

Louis F. Pfau made his New York Stage debut as Ralph Rackstraw in one of the many pirate H.M.S. Pinafore productions sweeping America in 1879 (Madison Square Theatre, for four weeks beginning June 2).

Pfau was subsequently engaged by the D'Oyly Carte organization, which used him as an emergency replacement Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with Carte's First American Pirates Company in Brooklyn during the week of March 8, 1880. Pfau also served as Frederic, the second of two, with Carte's Third American Pirates Company, assuming the part at some point from James Paxton in a run that lasted from February to July 1880.

He later toured with the Comley-Barton Opera Company as the Duke of Dunstable in Patience, appearing at the Academy of Music, Brooklyn, December 26-31, 1881, and played Valentine in Olivette opposite Salina Dolaro at New York's Metropolitan Casino the following September.



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