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.