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Sir Henry Alfred Lytton

(1865—1936) actor


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(b London, 3 Jan 1865; d London, 15 Aug 1936). English baritone. In 1884, with his wife, ‘Louie Henri’, he joined the chorus of the D'Oyly Carte company touring Arthur Sullivan's Princess Ida. In 1887 he deputized at the Savoy Theatre as Robin Oakapple in Ruddigore, and during the 1890s appeared at the Savoy in Gilbert and Sullivan revivals, playing mostly heavier baritone roles. He created roles for Sullivan and Edward German in The Rose of Persia (1899), The Emerald Isle (1901), Merrie England (1902) and A Princess of Kensington (1903) before appearing in musical comedy. In 1906–7 and 1908–9 he again appeared at the Savoy under W. S. Gilbert, and then from 1909 until 1934 toured with the D'Oyly Carte company in the principal comedy roles. He was a versatile performer, with a sound baritone and winning stage presence. He was knighted in 1930.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.


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