THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Nellie Wyatt (1888, 1890, 1893-1901)

[Born Southsea c.1863]

Nellie Wyatt (full name Ellen Bird Wyatt) was known as Ellen Wyatt when she made her first appearance in a D'Oyly Carte program--as Margery Daw in the companion piece Uncle Samuel (Mr. D'Oyly Carte's "E" Company, January-June 1888). She was Helen Wyatt in 1890, playing Inez in The Gondoliers with Carte's New York Company in April, and with the same troupe (then D'Oyly Carte Opera Company "D") returned to the British Isles, May-July of that year.

She was Nellie Wyatt when she next appeared with the D'Oyly Carte organization:this time as Salata in the first provincial production of Utopia Limited with D'Oyly Carte Opera Company "E," beginning in December 1893. It appears she remained with Company "E" until June 1901, though there's a gap including all of 1899 when she didn't take a named part. Her roles were Salata (December 1893-March 1895), Widow Jackson in the one-act Captain Billy (1895, exact dates uncertain), Vittoria (August-December 1895) and Inez (January-March and July 1896-July 1897) in The Gondoliers, Mrs. Partlett in The Sorcerer (May 1897-June 1898), Katisha in The Mikado (on occasion, 1898), and "Oasis-in-the-Desert" in The Rose of Persia (February 1900-June 1901).

Nellie Wyatt was married to D'Oyly Carte baritone Helier le Maistre. Her sister Agnes Wyatt was a soprano chorister and understudy at the Savoy between 1887 and 1891.



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