DONALD ADAMS was born in Bristol, where he sang as a chorister in the cathedral and played Thomas a’ Becket in “Murder in The Cathedral” at the age of sixteen. His promising career in radio and on the stage was interrupted by war service in the Army, in which his dramatic talent found recognition as the Resident Producer of the Army Repertory Theatre at Catterick Camp. On demobilisation he returned to the stage, and was a successful singer in pantomime and music hall.
He joined the chorus of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1951, singing also some small parts, and the following season he played Colonel Calverley in “Patience” and understudied twenty-six roles, making his mark as a singer with a powerful voice and personality. He took over the principal bass roles, after the death of Darrell Fancourt, in 1953 and continued to play them until he left the company in 1969.
Together with Thomas Round, and others, he founded “Gilbert & Sullivan for All”.
He made his debut at Covent Garden in “Boris Godunov” in 1983, followed by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 1984.
He was married to Muriel Harding and his interest in music was wide, including composing modern melodies and arranging music.
Donald Adams autograph
Donald Adams preparing for “The Mikado”
Donald Adams in Act 2 of “Patience”