THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Harold Trego (1921-24, 1951-53)

[Born Cornwall 1 May 1898]

"I worked with Leo Sheffield in the years 1921/24, and for a good deal of that time I understudied his parts in the operas." Thus wrote bass-baritone Harold Trego in a fond September 1969 "Old Favourites" tribute to Leo Sheffield in The Savoyard. Trego served with the D'Oyly Carte Repertory Opera Company chorus from December 1921 to July 1922. (If he ever went on for Sheffield during that time it has not been recorded.) He then transferred to the D'Oyly Carte "New" Opera Company, where he served until January 1924.

After an absence of more than twenty-seven years, Trego returned to the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in September 1951. For the next ten months he took the small named parts of Second Citizen in The Yeomen of the Guard and Annibale in The Gondoliers, but when the new season began in August 1952 those roles were given to a relative newcomer named John Reed. Trego's second tour with the Company ended in June 1953.



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