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Owen Jander, Lionel Sawkins, J.B. Steane and Elizabeth Forbes

Méphistophélès (his favourite role) in the 500th performance of Faust and Friar Laurence in the first performance of Roméo et Juliette ( 1867 ) at the Opéra. His prowess as a Wagner singer was legendary: at Covent Garden and the Metropolitan, usually with Jean, he excelled as King Henry, King Mark, Pogner, the Wanderer and Hunding. (ii) German opera. In the early 1820s German basses were still mainly all-purpose singers; a good example was Heinrich Blume, who created Caspar in Der Freischütz ( 1821 ); although Don Giovanni was considered his best role he