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date: 22 November 2019

Lanigan, John locked

  • Elizabeth Forbes

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(b Seddon, Victoria, Jan 7, 1921; d Victoria, Canada, Aug 1, 1996). Australian tenor . He studied in Melbourne and London, making his début at the Stoll Theatre in 1949 as Fenton and Rodolfo. In 1951 he sang Thaddeus (The Bohemian Girl) at Covent Garden and began a 25-year engagement with the Royal Opera, first appearing as the Duke (Rigoletto). For a decade he sang lyric roles, Tamino, Alfredo, Pinkerton, Des Grieux (Manon), Jeník, Essex (Gloriana), Almaviva and Laca (Jenůfa). He created Jack in The Midsummer Marriage (1955) and Hermes in King Priam (1962, Coventry). Later he displayed rare vocal and dramatic versatility in character parts: as Mime, Spalanzani (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Pandarus (Troilus and Cressida), Il ‘Tinca’ (Il tabarro), Dr Caius, the Drunken Guest (Katerina Ismaylova), the Rector (...

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