THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Mrs. Arthur Rousbey (1900-02, 1910)

[Born Genoa, Italy c.1878]

Mrs. Arthur Rousbey (first name Mary) must have been the widow of D'Oyly Carte baritone Arthur Rousbey when she joined D'Oyly Carte Opera Company "E" as the Sultana Zubedyah in The Rose of Persia in February 1900. (Arthur Rousbey had died at sea in 1899 and his first wife, Margaret, had predeceased him in 1895.) Company "E" added Patience in December 1900 with Mrs. Rousbey in the title role, then dropped both operas in July 1901 to tour The Emerald Isle exclusively as the "Savoy Touring Company," Mrs. Rousbey as Lady Rose Pippin. The Emerald Isle toured until May 1902 at which point she left the D'Oyly Carte organization.

She returned in February 1910, as principal soprano with the D'Oyly Carte Principal Repertory Opera Company, replacing the departing Elsie Spain. She appeared for the next four months as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Patience in Patience, Phyllis in Iolanthe, Princess Ida in Princess Ida, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Elsie Maynard in The Yeomen of the Guard, and Gianetta in The Gondoliers. Mrs. Rousbey left the Company again when the season ended in June.

Little is known of her career beyond D'Oyly Carte. She reportedly wrote the libretto for a musical called Compromising Harriet (music by May Brahe) in 1933, but further details are not available.



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