- Fredric Woodbridge Wilson
(b nr Croydon, Surrey, April 5, 1864; d London, Aug 7, 1917). English librettist. He studied at Wellington College and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst and was an army officer until his retirement in 1898. He provided librettos for more than a dozen comic operas and musical comedies performed in London, particularly at the Prince of Wales Theatre. With his first important musical partner, Walter Slaughter, he wrote musical comedies including Gentleman Joe, the Hansom Cabby (1895), The French Maid and Dandy Dan the Lifeguardsman (both 1897). Hood was introduced to Sullivan by the composer Wilfred Bendall, with whom he had collaborated on The Gypsies (1890). For the Savoy Theatre, Hood and Sullivan produced The Rose of Persia, or The Story-Teller and the Slave (1899) and The Emerald Isle, or The Caves of Carig-Cleena (1901, music completed by Edward German). After Sullivan’s death in ...