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date: 19 September 2019

Elwes [Hahessy], John Josephlocked

  • Nicholas Anderson

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(b London, Oct 20, 1946). English tenor. He studied in London with George Malcolm at Westminster Cathedral, where he was a chorister, and at the RCM. From the age of 14 he lived with the family of the tenor Gervase Elwes (1866–1921) and later took their name. He made his début in 1968 at the Proms in Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music. He has appeared in operas by Monteverdi, Rameau, Handel, Gluck and Mozart and in many others in concert performances. He sang the title roles in Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea. His recordings of operas by Rameau have been widely acclaimed and include Les Indes galantes (1974), Zaïs (1977), Pygmalion (1981), Le temple de la gloire (1982) and Zoroastre (1983). Other recordings include Vaughan Williams’s The Pilgrim’s Progress...

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