born September 16th, 1876 Wigan
In RA format
Tenor Harold Wilde was educated in Manchester and at the Royal Academy of Music. Initially primarily a concert artist, he made his
first appearance on the London stage at the Lyceum in December 1899 in a matinee performance of The magic flute produced by Richard
Wilde's only engagement with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company began in February 1907 when he replaced Pacie Ripple as Colonel Fairfax in
The yeomen of the guard and Marco in The gondoliers during the first London Repertory Season at the Savoy. When
Patience and Iolanthe
were added to the repertoire in April and June respectively, Wilde was the Duke of Dunstable and Earl Tolloller. When the Savoy season
ended in August 1907, so did Wilde's association with the D'Oyly Carte.
His only subsequent appearances in London theatre programs were in the revues Looking ahead (Garrick, November–December
1915) and Ooh! La! La! (Queen's, December 1915–February 1916).
Harold Wilde was for more than ten years a member of the Gramophone Company's stable of recording artists. In the years prior to World
War I he recorded about fifty songs and ballads including "Take a pair of sparkling eyes" from The gondoliers (Zonophone, 1910),
"Is life a boon" from Yeomen and "A wand'ring minstrel I" from The mikado (Gramophone, July 1912), and "Free from his
fetters grim" from Yeomen and "Oh, is there not one maiden breast" from The pirates of Penzance (Gramophone, November
1912). He later sang in the chorus of the HMV acoustical recordings of Patience (1921), Iolanthe (1922, taking
Tolloller's part in some concerted numbers), H.M.S. Pinafore (1923), and Princess Ida (1925).
Source for the biography and picture: Boise State University research on D'Oyly Carte Opera Company (no longer online).
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording.