Vera Ryan

Vera Ryan (1959-61, 1966-67)

[Born Manchester]

Vera Ryan studied singing in her native Manchester. She had two tours in the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company chorus. During her first (August 1959-February 1961) she took the small part of Celia in Iolanthe; during her second (August 1966-April 1967) she appeared as Ada in Princess Ida, and also appeared in the 1966 film version of The Mikado.

She was married to D'Oyly Carte baritone Alan Styler. When Styler was forced to retire from the Company for medical reasons in 1968 it was announced that he and Miss Ryan planned to take up concert work together. She later appeared in Gilbert & Sullivan with the "Gilbert & Sullivan for All" organization, and may be heard on their 1972 recordings of H.M.S. Pinafore (as Hebe), The Pirates of Penzance (as Kate), Iolanthe (Leila), and The Mikado (as Peep-Bo).

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