Hyde, Walter, English tenor; b. Birmingham, Feb. 6, 1875; d. London, Nov. 11, 1951. He studied with Gustave Garcia at the Royal Coll. of Music in London, where he sang in student performances. He then sang in light opera before he undertook Wagnerian roles, which became his specialty. He sang Siegmund in the English-language production of the Ring cycle at Covent Garden in London in 1908; his other roles included Walther von Stolzing and Parsifal. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. on March 28, 1910, as Siegmund in Die Walküre; then returned to England and made regular appearances at Covent Garden until 1924; later sang with the Beecham Opera Co. and the British National Opera Co., serving as a director of the ter. He was a frequent participant at many musical festivals in England.
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