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date: 13 November 2019

Matters, Arnold locked

  • Harold Rosenthal
  • , revised by Roger Covell


(b Adelaide, 11 April 1904; d Adelaide, 21 Sept 1990). Australian bass-baritone. After winning the Sun Aria Competition at Ballarat, he was invited by nellie Melba to sing with her in Melbourne and encouraged by her to seek training and a career abroad. He studied in Adelaide with Frederick Bevan and Clive Carey and in London with W. Johnstone Douglas. From 1932 he sang with Sadler’s Wells Opera, combining a fine voice with admirable theatrical gifts; his Falstaff, in particular, was a ripe and humorous study. His repertory included Don Giovanni, Hans Sachs and Wotan. He also sang small roles during international seasons at Covent Garden and produced opera for Sadler’s Wells and elsewhere. Matters returned to Australia in 1941 for war service with an entertainment unit. He again joined Sadler’s Wells in 1944 and sang the title role in the first performance in England (1948) of ...

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