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date: 21 November 2019

Ellis, Brentlocked

  • Elizabeth Forbes
  • , revised by James Bash


(b Kansas City, MO, June 20, 1946). American baritone. He studied in New York and Rome and made his debut in 1967, creating Maerbale in Alberto Ginastera’s Bomarzo in Washington, DC. He spent a good portion of his career working in Boston, where he was a mainstay at Sarah Caldwell’s Opera Company of Boston. He first sang with the New York City Opera in 1974, as Monteverdi’s Otho. In 1976 he created Morris in Pasatieri’s Washington Square at Detroit and sang Cortez in the American premiere of Sessions’s Montezuma at Boston. In 1977 he sang Zurga for the WNO and Ford at Glyndebourne, where he returned as Don Giovanni, Marcello, and Germont. He made his Metropolitan debut in 1979 as Silvio and performed 76 times there between 1979 and 1986. He has sung widely in the United States and in Munich, Vienna, and Cologne. His repertory includes Rossini’s Figaro, Count Almaviva, Guglielmo, Riccardo (...

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