Walter Hyde

6 February 1875 Birmingham – 11 November 1951 London

Hyde was a chorister at the Chapel Royal (part of the royal British household), then he studied singing at the Royal College of Music in London. His debut took place at Covent Garden in 1901, in a supporting role in the world premiere of Much ado about nothing by Charles Villiers Stanford. Other than that, the first years of Hyde's career were spent with operetta and musical comedy, particularly successful in My Lady Molly by Sidney Jones.

In 1908, Hans Richter hired him as Froh and Siegmund for his English-language Ring at Covent Garden; Hyde would return to that theater again and again until 1924, and Wagner would always remain his specialty. Particularly as Loge and Siegmund, but also as Stolzing and Tannhäuser, he sang, other than at Covent Garden, at the Metropolitan Opera New York, in Baltimore, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, at Drury Lane Theatre London or in Budapest. Other important roles included Pinkerton, Samson, Erik, Parsifal, Lohengrin, Pelléas, Don Ottavio, Belmonte and Rothesay (La jolie fille de Perth). But he didn't give up light opera, either (for example, he devoted a two-year US tour from 1911 to 1913 to it). Not least, he did a lot of oratorio work.

He took his stage farewell in 1928 and became a voice professor at the London Guildhall School of Music, where he taught lots of singers, including Geraint Evans and Gwen Catley.

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Walter Hyde singsFor all eternity

Walter Hyde singsThe garden of sleep

Walter Hyde sings Die Walküre: Winter storms
In RA format

Walter Hyde sings Carmen: See here thy floweret treasured well
In RA format

Walter Hyde sings O lovely night (Ronald), with Rosina Buckman
In RA format
I would like to thank Anton Bieber for the label scans and recordings of For all eternity and The garden of sleep.
I wish to thank Richard J. Venezia for the recording (Carmen).

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