Carte, Richard D'Oyly
Born: May 03, 1844 AD
Died: 1901 AD, at 56 years of age.
1844 - Born on May 3rd in London, England. English impresario remembered for having managed the first productions of operas by Sir W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, for elevating his era's musical taste, and for contributing to the development of theatre technology.
- Richard D'Oyly Carte, the manager of the Royalty Theatre in Soho, remembered the work of G&S.
1875 - He brought the two together again to provide him with a curtain raiser for Offenbach's La Perichole.
- He produced Trial by Jury, the first operetta of Sir William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan , and he subsequently produced all their other works.
1877 - D'Oyly Carte, an astute businessman and music-lover, was left in no doubt that the collaboration of these two men could serve to realise his own ambition, to present good English comic opera on the London stage.
- His first commission was The Sorceror.
1878 - His second commission was HMS Pinafore.
1881 - He built the Savoy Theatre (the first to be lighted electrically), which the operettas made famous. The D'Oyly Carte company.
- Co-wrote a succession of operas, all of which are as famous now as they were then - The Pirates of Penzance, Patience, Iolanthe, Princess Ida, The Mikado, Ruddigore, The Yeomen of the Guard, The Gondoliers, Utopia Limited and The Grand Duke.
1901 - Died on April 3rd in London.
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