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date: 15 November 2019

Davies, Arthurlocked

  • Elizabeth Forbes

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(b Wrexham, April 11, 1941). Welsh tenor. After studying at the RNCM in Manchester with Joseph Ward, he made his début with the WNO in 1972 as Squeak (Billy Budd); over the next 12 years he sang some 35 roles, including Nemorino, Almaviva, Ferrando, Albert Herring, Yannakos (Martinů's Greek Passion), Jack (The Midsummer Marriage), Quint, Rodolfo and Don José. Having made his Covent Garden début in Henze's We Come to the River (1976), he then sang Alfredo, Števa (Jenůfa), Pinkerton and Foresto (Attila). Davies's roles for the ENO have included Essex (Gloriana), Don Ottavio, Faust, Lensky, Werther, Riccardo (Ballo in maschera) and the Duke, which he sang in Jonathan Miller's Mafia production of Rigoletto (1982–95). For Scottish Opera he has sung David (Die Meistersinger) and Cavaradossi, while for Opera North his roles have included Gaston in the British stage première of Verdi's ...

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