Lewis, Richard [Thomas, Thomas]
- Alan Blyth
(b Manchester, May 10, 1914; d Eastbourne, Nov 13, 1990). English tenor. He studied in Manchester with Norman Allin and made his début in 1941 with the Carl Rosa Company, singing Almaviva and Pinkerton. After World War II he resumed his studies in London. In 1947 he sang the Male Chorus (Rape of Lucretia) at Glyndebourne and at Covent Garden, adding Peter Grimes with the resident company the same season and later singing Tamino and Alfredo. For Glyndebourne (1948–74) he sang Don Ottavio, Ferrando, Admetus (Alceste), Idomeneus, Tom Rakewell (British première of The Rake’s Progress, at Edinburgh, 1953), Bacchus, Florestan and Monteverdi’s Nero and Eumaeus. He created Gwyn in Arwell Hughes’ Menna (WNO, 1953). For Covent Garden Lewis created Troilus in Walton’s Troilus and Cressida (1954), Mark in The Midsummer Marriage (1955) and Achilles in King Priam...