Richard D'Oyly Carte


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Noun1.Richard D'Oyly Carte - English impresario who brought Gilbert and Sullivan together and produced many of their operettas in London (1844-1901)
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1901: Richard D'Oyly Carte, English impresario best remembered as the man behind Gilbert and Sullivan and who built the Savoy Theatre to house their works, died.
The audience on this historic opening night were astounded as impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte demonstrated the safety of the incandescent electric lamps by smashing a lighted lamp bulb into a piece of muslin, extinguishing the light but causing no damage.
Producer Richard D'Oyly Carte brought Gilbert and Sullivan together and nurtured their collaboration.
Their creations were left to the amateurs - who have always loved them - and to the opera company founded in 1878 by their producer, Richard D'Oyly Carte, after the roaring success of HMS Pinafore.
If he wanted firmer ground to walk on, it was new carpet at the Savoy Theatre in London, built by producer Richard D'Oyly Carte specifically for Gilbert and Sullivan operetta productions, that caused what for a while seemed like an irrevocable upheaval in the relationship.