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English bass-baritone.

Henry Heyes was a friend of Henry Wood from their days at music college. In his memoirs, Wood reveals that his main reason for accepting a position as conductor of the Rousbey company was the presence on the tour of this friend as an understudy.

What Heyes did not know, was that his well-off and indulgent parents had reached an agreement with Rousbey to give the young singer a job.  He was not well paid, but even so, his fees were actually being paid by his parents to Rousbey, who simply passed the money on.  Whether this arrangement continued in the seasons after Wood's departure is not clear, but Henry Heyes certainly did stay on with the company, gaining generally favourable reviews for singing a widening repertoire of principal roles.

Roles in Scotland

Valentin Marguerite's brother
Faust 1890
Faust 1891
Commendatore an elderly aristocrat
Don Giovanni 1890
Don José de Santarem
Maritana 1891
Plunkett a wealthy young farmer
Martha 1891
Count Arnheim Governor of Pressburg
Bohemian Girl 1891
Count Monterone
Rigoletto 1891

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