Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Jan 12, 2016

Redvers Llewellyn (Baritone) (1901 Britonferry (Galles), † 24. 5. 1975 Eastbourne)

First he received his education in Cardiff, then continued in Milan. Later he perfected his vocal technique under Oscar Daniel in Berlin. He made his debut during the early 1930’s at the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli and was engaged in 1934 by the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. Long time he remained the first baritone of this Theatre. Especially he was highly appreciated in Italian repertoire; thus he sang in 1938 the part of Posa in the English première of G. Verdi’s ‘’Don Carlo’’ at the Sadler's Wells Opera. During the Second World War he served in the Royal Air force and then again in the 1945-1948 seasons appeared at the the Sadler's Wells Theatre. Later he still made guest appearances, partly with Carl Rose Opera Company. Later he worked as vocal pedagogue at the Welsh University in Aberystwyth. Since 1969 he was a professor of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Known soprano Rita Hunter belonged to his pupils.

Chronology of some appearances

1932? Napoli San Carlo
1934 London Sadler's Wells Theatre
1938 London Sadler's Wells Theatre Don Carlo (Posa)
1945-1948 London Sadler's Wells Theatre
1950's London Carl Rose Opera


HMV, 1948-04-24

Tannhäuser (Wagner): Like death's dark shadow … O Star of Eve  C3952  2EA 12968

HMV 1949-02-09
Falstaff (Wagner): Am I dreaming? (Eng) C3883  2EA 13587

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