Young [Youngs], (Basil) Alexander
- Harold Rosenthal
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(b London, Oct 18, 1920; d March 5, 2000). English tenor . He studied at the RCM with Steffan Pollmann and made his début as Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the 1950 Edinburgh Festival. In 1953 he sang Tom Rakewell in the English première of The Rake’s Progress, a BBC studio production; he recorded his classic reading of this role in 1964 under Stravinsky’s direction. He created Charles Darnay in Benjamin’s A Tale of Two Cities (1953, BBC) and Philippe in Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement (1954, Aldeburgh), and sang in the British premières of Searle’s The Diary of a Madman (1960, Sadler’s Wells) as Poprichin and Henze’s The Bassarids (1968, BBC) as Dionysus. He appeared at Covent Garden (1955–70), notably as Matteo (Arabella) and Britten’s Lysander; at Sadler’s Wells, where his roles included a highly amusing Count Ory, Almaviva, Gluck’s and Monteverdi’s Orpheus, Belmonte and Handel’s Jupiter and Xerxes; and with the WNO and Scottish Opera, creating Cicero in Hamilton’s ...