Richard Temple was born Richard Barker Cobb, and made his debut at the Crystal Palace in 1872. He created the role of Sir Marmaduke in "The Sorcerer" at the Opera Comique in 1877 and thereafter appeared in the premieres of all of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas through " The Yeomen of the Guard" With the exception of "lolanthe", in which he played Strephon, he created the leading bass roles.
In 1890 he toured as Giuseppe in "The Gondoliers", a role he never played in London. He continued to appear in these roles in revivals at the Savoy until 1908. He also played in "Princess Toto" (Gilbert and Clay) and "The Chieftain" (Sullivan and Burnard). He sang Rigoletto at the beginning of his career. He played in a few West End musicals in the 1 890s, including "Morocco Bound" (music by Osmond Carr).
He became a teacher at the Royal College of Music where George Baker met him. He directed many student productions with C.V. Stanford conducting, including "Falstaff", "Dido and Aeneas", and the famous production of "Orfeo" which featured Clara Butt.
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