McDonnell, Tom [Thomas] (Anthony)
- Elizabeth Forbes
(b Melbourne, April 27, 1940). Australian baritone. After studying in Melbourne, he sang Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) in Brisbane. He joined Sadler’s Wells Opera (later the ENO) in 1967. His first major role was Mozart’s Figaro and in 1968 he sang Marcel Sciocca in Williamson’s The Violins of St Jacques. In 1969 he sang Yevgeny Onegin with Glyndebourne Touring Opera. His roles with the ENO include Germont, Schaunard, Escamillo, Papageno and Andrey, which he sang at the first London performance of Prokofiev’s War and Peace (1972) and at the opening of the Sydney Opera House (1973). He also sang Wolfram (Tannhäuser) with Australian Opera. In 1974 he created Lieutenant September in Crosse’s The Story of Vasco and sang the Captain (Adonis) in the first London stage performance of Henze’s The Bassarids. He made his Covent Garden début in the première of Henze’s ...