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Born London c1888.

Died Cambridge 1931.

English contralto.

Bertha Lewis was the leading contralto of the D'Oyly Carte company over a twenty year period.

Lewis studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and sang in concerts and opera. Initially she joined D’Oyly Carte in 1906, singing chorus and small roles.

After a gap working with the Musical Comedy Company, and making several recordings, she rejoined D’Oyly Carte at the end of 1914.  Lewis then sang the contralto roles continuously until 1931, when she died of injuries after a car crash while on tour.

She was married to the concert bass Herbert Heyner. Several of her roles were recorded,  including Buttercup (1930).

Roles in Scotland

Lady Jane a rapturous maiden
Patience 1918
Annabella, Lady Sangazure a Lady of Ancient Lineage
Sorcerer 1918
Queen of the Fairies
Iolanthe 1918
Ruth a Piratical Maid of all Work
Pirates of Penzance 1918
Dame Carruthers Housekeeper to the Tower
Yeomen of the Guard 1918
Duchess of Plaza-Toro
Gondoliers 1918
Little Buttercup Mrs Cripps, a Portsmouth Bumboat Woman
H M S Pinafore 1918
Lady Blanche Professor of Abstract Science
Princess Ida 1918
Katisha an elderly Lady, in love with Nanki-Poo
Mikado 1918

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