He studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London. His stage debut was with the Sadler’s Wells Opera in 1943 as Sarastro. 1947 brought him to Glyndebourne, and 1948 to Covent Garden. A creator of many roles in Britten’s operas. Swallow in “Peter Grimes”, Collantius in “The Rape of Lucretia”, Superintendant Budd in “Albert Herring”. Noye and Bottom were written with him in mind too. In 1963 he participated in the world premiere of “Our Man in Havana” by Malcolm Williamson, and in 1966 his “The Violins of Saint Jacques”. His repertoire included Leporello, Bartolo, Osmin, Don Pasquale, Banquo, Fra Melitone and Silvano in Cavalli’s “La Callisto”. Leads in Gilbert and Sullivan too. A wide concert career singing the works of Purcell, Handel and Bach to Kodály, Elgar and Tippett.
Short Biography by Charles Rhodes