David Franklin

Singer details:

Voice: Bass
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: 1908
Year of Death: 1973

About David Franklin:

David Franklin (17 May 1908 – 22 October 1973) was a British opera singer and broadcaster.

Born in London in 1908, David Franklin was educated at Alleyn's School in Dulwich and at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He originally trained as a schoolteacher. A bass singing in amateur productions, he was discovered in 1934 by John Christie, the founder of the Glyndebourne festival. In 1936, at the age of 28, he made his professional debut as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne. He sang with both the English and Welsh National Opera companies. He was leading bass at Covent Garden from 1947. He created the role of Mars in the world premiere of Sir Arthur Bliss's opera The Olympians in 1949. A throat condition forced his retirement from professional singing in 1951.

He taught at St. Albans School in Hertfordshire during the 1940s and early 1950s, directing many School productions during this time.

On retirement, Franklin turned to writing and broadcasting. He wrote the libretto for Phyllis Tate's opera The Lodger. An excellent raconteur, Franklin was, from 1966 to 1973, a panellist on the light-hearted radio panel game My Music, chaired by Steve Race. Ill health forced him to retire in early 1973 during the eighth season of the show. He was replaced initially by Owen Brannigan and later, after Brannigan's sudden death, by John Amis. He also became the chairman of the very long running popular BBC radio panel game Twenty Questions from 1970 to 1972, following in the steps of fellow distinguished broadcasters Gilbert Harding, Richard Dimbleby, and Kenneth Horne. He died in 1973 at his home in Evesham, survived by his wife, Hilda (née Bickell) and two daughters.

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More Arias, Duets and Ensembles performed by David Franklin

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Ho capito Signor si! Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Masetto
2Gia la mensa e preparata Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.18

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello
3Ah! taci ingiusto core Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.02-1

Type: trioVoice: B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Elvira
4O statua gentilissima Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni
5Bisogna aver coraggio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.27

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Elvira/Ottavio/Anna/Leporello
6Venite pur avanti Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.28-3

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Anna/Elvira/Ottavio
7Non ti fidar o misera Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.16-1

Type: quartetVoice: S S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Anna/Ottavio/Giovanni
8Eh! via buffone Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.01-1

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni
9Meta di voi qua vadano Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.05-3

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni
10Tra quest arbori celata Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.26

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Giovanni/Masetto
11Ah! pieta Signori miei Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello
12Zitto lascia ch'io senta Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Masetto
13L'ultima prova dell'amor mio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.19

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Giovanni/Leporello
14Non sperar se non m'uccidi Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.02-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Giovanni/Leporello/Commendatore
15Leporello Signore Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.01-2

Type: recitativeVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni
16Fermati scellerato! Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.13

Type: recitativeVoice: S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Zerlina/Giovanni
17Dunque quello sei tu Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Elvira/Ottavio/Masetto
18Manco male e partita Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.09

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello/Zerlina/Masetto
19Ah! ah questa e buona Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.14

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello
20Leporello ove sei? Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello
21Mille torbidi pensieri Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.09-2

Type: sextetVoice: B S S T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Elvira/Anna/Ottavio/Zerlina/Masetto
22Chi e la? Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.06-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello/Elvira
23Masetto senti un po Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.21

Type: recitativeVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Masetto
24Ferma perfido ferma Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.11-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Masetto/Zerlina
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