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Orville Harrold

Orville Harrold (17 November 1877 – 23 October 1933) was an American operatic tenor and musical theatre actor. He began his career in 1906 as a performer in operettas in New York City, and was also seen during his early career in cabaret, musical theatre, and vaudeville performances. With the aid of Oscar Hammerstein I, he branched out into opera in 1910 as a leading tenor with Hammerstein's opera houses in New York City and Philadelphia. While his career from this point on primarily consisted of opera performances, he periodically returned to operetta and musical theatre throughout his career. He notably created the role of Captain Dick Warrington in the world premiere of Victor Herbert's operetta Naughty Marietta in November 1910.

As an opera singer, Harrold specialized in the lyric tenor repertoire of the Italian and French languages. In 1911–1912 he performed with Hammerstein's opera house in London. From 1912–1922 he was one of the leading opera tenors in Chicago; performing with a variety of companies in that city. He spent the last 6 years of his opera career performing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City; giving his last opera performance there in 1924. He continued to perform in vaudeville entertainments up into the late 1920s. He made several gramophone records during his career; including recordings for Edison Records, Columbia Records (1913–1916) and the Victor Talking Machine Company (1920–1924).

Birth and Death Data: Born 1878 (Cowan), Died October 23rd, 1933 (Norwalk)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1924

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 51 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-13995 12-in. 10/24/1913 Gems from Aïda Victor Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23715 10-in. 2/2/1920 I'm falling in love with someone Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with violin, celeste or piano, and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-23716 12-in. 2/2/1920 Racconto di Rodolfo Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with harp, piano, and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23943 10-in. 4/16/1920 Mary Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with harp and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-23944 10-in. 4/16/1920 Values Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-24196 10-in. 7/2/1920 When your ship comes in Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with piano and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-24301 10-in. 7/6/1920 In Dublin's fair city Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with harp, piano, and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-24302 10-in. 7/6/1920 Life Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with harp, piano, and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-24379 12-in. 8/12/1920 Lakmé fantasie Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with harp and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-25554 12-in. 9/12/1921 The living God! Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-25555 12-in. 9/12/1921 Depuis longtemps j'habitais cette chambre Eva Gauthier ; Orville Harrold Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-25557 10-in. 9/13/1921 C'est l'amour Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-25558 10-in. 9/13/1921 Fleurette, I shall never forget Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with violin and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-25758 10-in. 11/9/1921 The great awakening Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with piano, harp, and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-25759 10-in. 11/9/1921 Invocation to the dawn Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with harp and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-25930 10-in. 12/30/1921 My mother Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with violin and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-26402 10-in. 4/7/1922 Once in a purple twilight Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-26544 10-in. 6/15/1922 For this Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with violin and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-26545 10-in. 6/15/1922 Tell her I love her so Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-27016 12-in. 10/9/1922 Ride on! Ride on in majesty! Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor C-27379 12-in. 1/11/1923 Mein lieber Schwan! Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-27583 10-in. 3/1/1923 A song of thanksgiving Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-28427 10-in. 8/14/1923 That is why! Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with harp and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-28428 10-in. 8/14/1923 Cavatine du tzar Berendev Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with cello and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor B-29857 10-in. 4/3/1924 Am stillen Herd Orville Harrold Tenor vocal solo, with harp and orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
(Results 1-25 of 51 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Harrold, Orville," accessed September 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113306.

Harrold, Orville. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113306.

"Harrold, Orville." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 September 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113306

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