Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Feb 3, 2015

Tudor Davies (Tenor) (Cymmer, near Porth, South Wales 1892 - London, England 1958)

He studied in Cardiff and at the Royal College of Music in London. He served as an engineer in the Royal Navy during World War I. He toured the United States, Canada and Australia (where he shared the stage with Maggie Teyte and then returned to Britain, where he sang with the British National Opera Company, Sadler's Wells Opera and the Carl Rosa Opera Company. He sang Rodolfo to Dame Nellie Melba's Mimi in ''La bohème'' in 1922 at Covent Garden. He sang a number of leading tenor parts from the Italian, French and German repertoire, such as Lohengrin, Tamino, Florestan, Faust, Don José and the Duke of Mantua. He also appeared in English operas such as Dame Ethel Smyth's ''Fête Galante'', and Arthur Benjamin's ''The Devil Take Her''. He created the title role in Ralph Vaughan Williams' opera ''Hugh the Drover'' in 1924. (In 1928, he also sang in the United States premiere of the opera, with the Washington National Opera.) He created Prince Hal in Gustav Holst's ''At the Boar's Head'' in 1925. He sang the title role in Giuseppe Verdi's ''Don Carlos'' in the opera's first performance in England in 1938, and he appeared in the first Sadler's Wells performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's ''The Snow Maiden''. In his later career he was mainly a concert singer, and teacher in Cardiff.

Chronology of  some appearances

1922 London Covent Garden 
1924 His Majesty's Theatre 


Complete Madame Butterfly (Puccini) with Rosina Buckman, Frederick Ranalow, Nellie Walker, Gladys Peel and Sydney Coltham

The Valkyrie (Wagner): Siegmund sees the sword hilt in the tree 55204 B
The Valkyrie (Wagner): Siegmund greets the Spring night 55205 A/B
The Valkyrie (Wagner): Brunnhilde fortells Siegmund's death with Austral 55207 A

Siegfried (Wagner): forges the broken sword 55209 A
Siegfried (Wagner): The forest bird warns Siegfried with Russell and Austral 55209 B
Siegfried (Wagner): follows the forest bird with Jones 55210 A

Twilight of the Gods (Wagner): The parting of Brunnhilde and Siegfried with Austral 55212 A/B
Twilight of the Gods (Wagner): Gunther and Gutrune welcome Siegfried with Radford and Jones 55213 A

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