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date: 20 November 2019

Savage, Williamlocked

  • Donald Burrows


(b ?London, 1720; d London, July 27, 1789). English singer, composer and organist. His teachers included Pepusch and Geminiani. Although not educated at the Chapel Royal (as claimed by Burney), Savage came to prominence as a boy treble soloist, singing for Handel’s 1735 Covent Garden season in Athalia and Alcina, the role of Oberto in the latter being specially written for him. He retained a place in Handel’s theatre company for the following season, and then took minor roles in Giustino (1737) and Faramondo (1738). By the time of Faramondo his voice was breaking: his character in the opera has no aria and, although his recitatives are written in the treble clef, Savage’s name appears against the tenor stave in a coro movement. He sang as a bass in Handel’s last London opera season of 1740–41, with roles in Imeneo and Deidamia, and performed in ...

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