Walter Hyde


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(b Birmingham, 6 Feb 1875; d London, 11 Nov 1951). English tenor. He studied at the RCM under Gustave Garcia and as a student appeared in Euryanthe and Charles Villiers Stanford's Much Ado about Nothing. He made his début at Terry's Theatre, London, in My Lady Molly (1903), and in 1906 sang in the première of Liza Lehmann's Vicar of Wakefield. In 1908 he sang Pinkerton, and Siegmund in the English Ring under Hans Richter, at Covent Garden, where he appeared regularly until 1923–4; he also sang Siegmund in his Metropolitan début in 1910. A distinguished Mozartian, he was a member of the Thomas Beecham and the British National Opera companies. He sang Sali in the first London performance of Frederick Delius's A Village Romeo and Juliet (1910) and took part in the première of Gustav Holst's The Perfect Fool (14 May 1923). His repertory also included Walther and Parsifal. He made a number of acoustic recordings, on which his clear articulation of the text and firm tone are evident.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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