Frank Webster

Frank Webster (1919)

Frank Webster joined the D'Oyly Carte Repertory Opera Company as principal tenor in July 1919, appearing as Cyril in Princess Ida, Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Colonel Fairfax in The Yeomen of the Guard, and Marco in The Gondoliers. The engagement would not last long, and he was replaced by Derek Oldham in September of that year.

Webster had earlier appeared at Covent Garden in Die Meistersinger (1914), and would return to the London musical stage for brief engagements in 1922 (The Merchant of Venice, Duke of York's) and 1924 (The Merry Widow, Lyceum). But he was primarily a concert artist. A highlight of his singing career came when he was commanded to perform in concert at Balmoral Castle for the King and Queen. His D'Oyly Carte experience would come in handy when Her Majesty asked for "Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes."

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