THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Millicent Pyne (1892, 1894-95)

[Born c.1874]

Millicent Pyne began her D'Oyly Carte career at the Savoy, appearing as a chorister in The Vicar of Bray, and briefly as Polly in the companion piece Captain Billy (March-June 1892). She then left the D'Oyly Carte for a spell, appearing as Deborah Meerschaum in a Christmas entertainment, The Pied Piper of Hamelin at the Comedy Theatre, December 1893-February 1894.

She shortly rejoined the D'Oyly Carte organization and traveled to America where she appeared as Princess Kalyba with D'Oyly Carte's American Utopia Limited Company in New York and Boston from March until June 1894. After a few weeks in which she probably sang with D'Oyly Carte Opera Company "E" (June-July 1894), she and several others from that Company helped launch D'Oyly Carte Opera Company "A" in July for a tour of Utopia in England and Scotland. Miss Pyne was again Kalyba on the tour, though she also filled in briefly for Marian Grey as Princess Zara in October of that year.

When Company "A" disbanded in December 1894, she transferred to D'Oyly Carte Opera Company "D." Over the next eleven months she played Kalyba in Utopia (December 1894-October 1895), Bianca in Mirette (December 1894-June 1895), Juanita in The Chieftain (February-August 1895), Lady Psyche in Princess Ida (September-October 1895), and perhaps a small part in The Vicar of Bray.

Miss Pyne left the D'Oyly Carte in October 1895. She was married to D'Oyly Carte tenor Courtice Pounds.



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