Van Allan, Richard
- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Clipstone, Notts., May 28, 1935; d London, Dec 4, 2008). English bass. He studied at the Birmingham School of Music with David Franklin and made his début in 1964 in the chorus at Glyndebourne, where he subsequently sang many roles, creating Jowler in Nicholas Maw’s The Rising of the Moon (1970). He made his Covent Garden début in 1971 as the Mandarin (Turandot) and sang frequently with the WNO and the ENO; he also sang at the Paris Opéra, Wexford, Nice, Bordeaux, Boston and the Metropolitan. His repertory included Mozart’s Figaro, Don Giovanni, Leporello, Don Alfonso and Osmin (roles to which he brought real resonance as well as wit), and Verdi’s Zaccaria, Banquo, Massimiliano (I masnadieri), Silva (Ernani), Padre Guardiano, Philip II and Grand Inquisitor, as well as King Henry (Lohengrin), Pizarro, Boris, Berlioz’s Méphistophélès, Vodník (...