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Darrell Fancourt

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Voice: Bass-baritone
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: Not entered yet.
Year of Death: 1953

About Darrell Fancourt:

Darrell Louis Fancourt Leverson OBE (8 March 1886 – 29 August 1953), known as Darrell Fancourt, was an English bass-baritone and actor, known for his performances and recordings of the Savoy operas.

After a brief concert career, Fancourt joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, where he starred in more than 10,000 performances over a 33-year period until his death. He regularly played about ten different roles for the company over these years, including the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore, and the title character in The Mikado, which he played more than 3,000 times. Fancourt was famous for his melodramatic style, creating the controversial Mikado laugh that was later adopted by some of his successors. His performances are preserved in nineteen of the company's recordings made between 1923 and 1950.

Fancourt was born Darrell Louis Fancourt Leverson, the younger son of three children of a Jewish family in Kensington, London. His father, Louis George Leverson (1860–1909), was a diamond merchant who had made a fortune in South Africa. His mother, Amelia (Amy) de Symons, née Lewis-Barned (1865–1931), was "a clever vivacious young artist of the musical comedy type". Both were staunch friends of the arts. His father's sister married Brandon Thomas. Fancourt was baptised into the Church of England when he was fourteen years old.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles:
2As some day it may happen Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Ko-Ko
3Our great Mikado virtuous man Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Pish-Tush
4When I was a lad Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Joseph Porter
5My name is John Wellington Wells Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Mr Wells
6Is Life a Boon? Popularity:

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
7Fair moon to thee I sing Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Corcoran
8My Boy, You May Take It from Me Popularity:

Opera: RuddigoreComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
9My Boy, You May Take It from Me Popularity:

Opera: RuddigoreComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles:
10I've Jibe and Joke Popularity:

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles:
11Sprites of earth and air Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.13

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Alexis/Mr Wells
12A maiden fair to see Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Ralph Rackstraw
13The nightingale Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Ralph Rackstraw
14Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
15I Shipped, D'Ye See Popularity:

Opera: RuddigoreComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
16I rejoice that it's decided Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.05

Type: quintetVoice: S cA T Br B-BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Partlet/Alexis/Dr Daly/Marmaduke
17Time was when Love and I were well acquainted Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Dr Daly
18Oh, I have wrought much evil with my spells Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: cA BrLanguage: English

Roles: Sangazure/Mr Wells
19Free from His Fetters Grim Popularity:

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
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