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Catherine Ferguson was a member of the D'Oyly Carte company.  She specialised in performing some, though not all, of the mezzo roles which had been modelled on the comic talents of Jessie Bond.

These were Constance (Sorcerer);  Hebe (HMS Pinafore);  Edith (Pirates of Penzance);  Lady Angela (Patience);  Iolanthe (Iolanthe);  Melissa (Princess Ida);  Pitti-Sing (Mikado);  Mad Margaret (Ruddigore);  Phoebe Meryll (Yeomen of the Guard);  Tessa (Gondoliers).

It can be noted that Mad Margaret in Ruddigore is not included in the early years.  This work had an undeserved reputation as a bit of a dud, and had not been performed since its initial tour some thirty years before.  After a radical revision by Geoffrey Toye it would reappear in the early twenties, when Catherine Ferguson may be said to have ''re-created'' the role..

Roles in Scotland

Iolanthe a Fairy, Strephon's Mother
Iolanthe 1918
Iolanthe 1922
Phoebe Meryll Sergeant Meryll's Daughter
Yeomen of the Guard 1918
Tessa a Contadina
Gondoliers 1918
Gondoliers 1922
Melissa Lady Blanche's Daughter
Princess Ida 1918
Princess Ida 1922
Pitti-Sing Yum-Yum's sister, also Ko-Ko's Ward
Mikado 1918
Mikado 1922
Lady Angela a rapturous maiden
Patience 1918
Constance Mrs Partlet's Daughter
Sorcerer 1918
Edith Gen Stanley's Daughter
Pirates of Penzance 1918
Mad Margaret
Ruddigore 1922

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