R. Scott Fishe
Early career 
Fishe was an ironmonger's son. He began to perform as a boy in church choirs and at concerts, making his professional stage debut in a variety show at Hengler's Circus. He sang in the chorus at the Globe Theatre in Luscombe Searelle's The Black Rover and was then hired in 1891 by Richard D'Oyly Carte for the chorus of Arthur Sullivan’s grand opera Ivanhoe at the Royal English Opera House.
Later in 1891, still only twenty years old, Fishe and other D'Oyly Carte regulars, including Leonora Braham, went to South America with the Edwin Cleary Opera Company. There they performed in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Valparaiso, Lima, Rio de Janeiro, and other cities. Fishe had roles in The Pirates of Penzance (the Pirate King), Patience (Major Murgatroyd), The Mikado (title role), The Sorcerer (Sir Marmaduke), Dorothy (Harry Sherwood), Pepita (Bombardos) and Erminie, among other works. The Company was shipwrecked off the coast of Chile in the middle of the tour, losing most of their possessions, but no lives were lost. Some of the company, including Fishe, made their way across the Andes to Argentina. They returned to England in March 1892.
Fishe was then engaged by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, immediately performing the role of Thomas Merton in The Vicar of Bray at the Savoy Theatre. At the end of the run, he left the Savoy to star in George Dance and Ivan Caryll's Ma Mie Rosette at the Globe Theatre and then at the Prince of Wales Theatre from November 1892 to February 1893. Fishe began to suffer from tuberculosis, perhaps as early as on the South America tour, and the disease was to advance over the ensuing years. After Ma Mie Rosette, he travelled to Switzerland to convalesce.
Savoy Theatre 
In the spring of 1893, Fishe returned to the Savoy Theatre to create roles in several more Savoy Operas. These began with the role of Jack in the short-lived Jane Annie, which opened in May 1893. In his 1908 memoir, Rutland Barrington tells the following story about Fishe:
|“||...when Ford and I returned from golf, we found [Fishe and Charles Kenningham] fast asleep on sofas. ...it shortly became time to go to the theatre, and though we eventually aroused Kenningham, nothing we could do would waken Scott Fishe. He could not be left—time was flying—so between us we half carried, half pushed him round the corner, got him dressed, and stood by him till his cue came to go on the stage, and literally shoved him on. He went through the dialogue of his scene, sang his song without making the slightest mistake, came off the stage and—woke up! not having a notion what he had done."||”|
In October 1893, Fishe created the part of Mr. Goldbury in Gilbert and Sullivan's Utopia Limited, and in July 1894 he created the role of Gerard de Montigny in Mirette, resuming this role when the revised version of Mirette opened in October. In December 1894 he created the role of Ferdinand de Roxas in Burnand and Sullivan's The Chieftain.
In April 1895 Fishe joined a D'Oyly Carte touring company, appearing in his old roles of Tommy Merton, Mr. Goldbury, Gerard de Montigny, and Ferdinand de Roxas. When Princess Ida was added to the repertoire, Fishe appeared as Florian. Fishe returned to the Savoy Theatre in November to play the title role in the revival of The Mikado. He continued to play at the Savoy, creating the role of the Prince of Monte Carlo in Gilbert and Sullivan's last opera, The Grand Duke, in 1896 and then played the title role in another revival of The Mikado.
Later life 
In December 1896, Fishe travelled to South Africa together with Emmie Owen and George Thorne in a D'Oyly Carte tour. There he appeared as the Mikado of Japan in The Mikado and Giuseppe in The Gondoliers. However, he fell ill again during the tour and returned to England in early 1897. After another convalescence, in December 1897 he returned to the Savoy Theatre, playing Colonel Macrobrunner in the The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, after which run his health deteriorated.
Having never fully recovered from tuberculosis, Fishe went to Jamaica to recuperate, but believing he had no hope of recovery, he returned to London where, having obtained a revolver, he committed suicide on 31 August 1898, aged 27 years.
- Lamb, p. 30
- Lamb, pp. 30 and 42-43
- Lamb, pp. 40-41
- Lamb, p. 45
- Lamb, p. 46
- Barrington, p. 97
- South Africa magazine, 21 November 1896 ("Domestic Announcements" column).
- Notice of Fishe's suicide, The New York Times, 1 September 1898, p. 7, accessed 9 November 2009
- Ayre, Leslie (1972). The Gilbert & Sullivan Companion. London: W.H. Allen & Co Ltd. Introduction by Martyn Green.
- Barrington, Rutland (1908). Rutland Barrington: A Record of 35 Years' Experience on the English Stage, By Himself. London. Fishe anecdote about Jane Annie performance
- Lamb, Andrew. "Comic Opera Goes Latin-American, 1890-92: Part 2" in The Gaiety, Winter 2006, pp. 29-47.
- Scott Fishe and The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company