LONDON — Dame Bridget D'Oyly Carte, the last of the family that for 107 years presented the operettas of W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, died May 2, business colleagues said. She was 77.
Dame Bridget's death at her home in Chalfont St. Giles, 22 miles northwest of London, was announced by the directors of the Savoy Hotel, of which she was president.
The hotel was built in 1889 by her grandfather, Richard D'Oyly Carte, to accommodate visitors to his Savoy Theater where the cheerfully tuneful and gently satiric operettas were performed. He built the hotel from the profits he had realized from the operettas.
Richard D'Oyly Carte brought composer Sullivan and librettist Gilbert together in 1871. Their collaboration, which began in 1875 with "Trial by Jury," resulted in 14 works known as the Savoy Operas.