Chard, Geoffrey (William)
- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Sydney, Aug 9, 1930). Australian baritone. He studied in Sydney, making his début there in 1951 as Le Dancaïre. Moving to England, at Aldeburgh he created the roles of Odysseus in Berkeley’s Castaway (1967) and Choregos in Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy (1968). Joining Sadler’s Wells (later the ENO), he created Peter in Williamson’s Lucky Peter’s Journey (1969), Pizarro in Hamilton’s Royal Hunt of the Sun, Dessalines in Blake’s Toussaint (1977) and Karenin in Hamilton’s Anna Karenina (1981). He sang Grandier in The Devils of Loudun (1973), Silvio de Narni in Bomarzo (1976) and Nekrotzar in Le Grand Macabre (1982), all British premières. His repertory includes Mozart’s Count Almaviva and Don Giovanni, Rossini’s Dr Bartolo, Escamillo, Marcello, Germont, Scarpia, Szymanowski’s King Roger, the four villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Gunther, Kurwenal and several Janáček roles. A fine actor and musician, he excels in 20th-century works....