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Nigel Douglas

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Douglas, Nigel

Born: 9 May 1929


English tenor and writer

He studied in Vienna with alfred Piccaver, making his début in 1959 at the Kammeroper as Rodolfo (La bohème), then singing at the Volksoper.
Later he created L'Heureux in Heinrich Sutermeister's Madame Bovary ( 1967 , Zürich), Philip in John Gardner's The Visitors ( 1972 , Aldeburgh) and Basil in William Mathias's The Servants for the WNO ( 1980 ), with which he also sang Alwa (Lulu), the Captain (Wozzeck), Loge and Herod.

With the ENO he sang the Devil in Rimsky-Korsakov's Christmas Eve ( 1988 ) and the Earl of Kent in Aribert Reimann's Lear ( 1989 ), both first British stage productions. A noted exponent of Benjamin Britten's operas, he has sung Peter Grimes, Vere, Aschenbach and Lechmere (Owen Wingrave), which he created both on BBC Television ( 1971 ) and at Covent Garden ( 1973 ), where he sang Herod in 1988 .
He occasionally directed the New Sadler's Wells Opera and provided the company with new English texts. He also sings, translates and directs operetta.

The dryness of his voice is offset by superb diction and the excellence of his acting.


Elizabeth Forbes /R


Nigel Douglas [Leigh Pemberton, Nigel Douglas] Biography - (b Lenham, Kent, 9 May 1929 ), [Leigh Pemberton, Nigel
Douglas], La bohème

Tenor Aria Opera Date Time
n22-21 Vickers Narrative Nigel Douglas   0.19
a22-22 Vickers Vesti La Giubba Pagliacci 19xx 0.45
n22-23 Vickers Narrative Nigel Douglas   1.22
a22-24 Vickers Thou Shall Break Them Messiah 19xx 2.27
n22-25 Vickers Narrative Nigel Douglas   1.26
a22-26 Vickers Night Of Rapture w Veasey Trojens 19xx 2.42
n22-27 Vickers Narrative Nigel Douglas   1.47
a22-28 Vickers Scene Walkure 19xx 3.59
n22-29 Vickers Narrative Nigel Douglas   2.07
a22-30 Vickers Se Pel Ciel w Glossop Otello 19xx 2.40

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