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date: 18 November 2019

Shirley-Quirk, Johnlocked

  • Alan Blyth

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(b Liverpool, Aug 28, 1931; d Bath, April 7, 2014). English bass-baritone. After teaching chemistry at a technical college, and studying with Roy Henderson, he turned to singing professionally and became a member of St Paul’s Cathedral choir, 1961–2. He made his operatic début as the Doctor in Pelléas et Mélisande at Glyndebourne in 1962. He joined the English Opera Group in 1964 to create the part of the Ferryman in Curlew River, and then sang regularly with the company, creating other Britten roles, among them Shadrach in The Burning Fiery Furnace (1966), the Father in The Prodigal Son (1968) and all seven baritone roles in Death in Venice (1973). He was also the first Mr Coyle, a most compassionate study, in Owen Wingrave on television in 1971 and at Covent Garden in 1973. With Scottish Opera he sang Count Almaviva, Don Alfonso, Mittenhofer (...

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