Belle Urquhart in Patience

Belle Urquhart (1881-82)

[Born New York City 9 Dec 1865, died Rochester, New York 7 Feb 1907]

As a teenager, Isabelle Urquhart appeared in the chorus with one of two R. D'Oyly Carte and E. E. Rice Opera Companies playing Billee Taylor in America in the spring of 1881. Her name appears in the programme for a benefit matinee put on by the combined companies in New York for Helen Lenoir, May 19, 1881. She later appeared as a chorister in the Carte & Rice productions of Patience (September 1881-March 1882) and Claude Duval (March-April 1882).

She would go on to many principal roles in light opera and musical theatre in the late 1880s and 1890s. These included Dame Carruthers in Rudolph Aronson's Carte-authorized production of The Yeomen of the Guard in New York and tour (beginning in October 1888), and the Princess of Granada in Aronson's 1889 production of Gilbert's translation of Offenbach's The Brigands.

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