Philip Ritte

Philip Ritte (1899-1901)

[Born Edinburgh 8 Jan 1871, died Willesden, London 14 Dec 1954]

Philip Ritte, real name Phillip Rittenberg, was a chorister with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy from the June 1899 of H.M.S. Pinafore and Trial by Jury through the original production of The Emerald Isle (April-November 1901).

He later took a small named part in one London musical--First Watchman in The Cherry Girl Vaudeville, 1903-04).

Between 1904 and 1912 Ritte appeared annually in London Ballad concerts at Queen's Hall and Royal Albert Hall, and for several summers ran his own touring company in the South of England. Ritte also sang in oratorio and from 1909 to 1912 recorded a number of popular songs for Zonophone and other record labels.

Ritte's younger brother Joseph also appeared with the D'Oyly Carte chorus at the Savoy--during the Second London Repertory Season.

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