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Donald Adams

Singer details:

Voice: Bass
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: 1928
Year of Death: 1996

About Donald Adams:

Charles Donald Adams (20 December 1928 – 8 April 1996) was an English opera singer and actor, best known for his performances in bass-baritone roles of the Savoy operas with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company and his own company, Gilbert and Sullivan for All.

Adams began his career with the BBC Repertory Company in 1944. Among other early performances, he was leading man with Great Yarmouth Repertory Company for two years. In 1951, he joined the D'Oyly Carte organisation and soon began to play roles, becoming the company's principal bass until 1969. With Thomas Round and Norman Meadmore, he formed the touring company, Gilbert and Sullivan for All, in which he continued to sing bass and bass-baritone roles as well as directing. By the early 1980s, Adams was performing in opera and operetta throughout Britain and abroad, continuing nearly until his death. He recorded many of his roles, particularly his Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire.

Donald Adams was born in Bristol and educated at the Bristol Cathedral School, where he sang as a chorister in the cathedral and played Thomas Becket in Murder in the Cathedral at the age of sixteen. While still at school, he made his first professional appearance as an actor in 1944 with the BBC Repertory Company. He studied with an Italian singing teacher in London, Rodolfo Melle (who had sung at La Scala with the great tenor Aureliano Pertile), who taught Adams to sustain the vowels of a word before reaching the consonants. This, Adams said, gave the voice "a nice line", and he continued to practise Melle's lessons until the end of his life.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Brightly dawns our wedding day Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.03

Type: quartetVoice: S Mz T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum/Pitti-Sing/Nanki-Poo/Pish-Tush
2So please you, Sir Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.08

Type: quintetVoice: S S/Mz Mz Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum/Peep-Bo/Pitti-Sing/Pooh-Bah/Pish-Tush
3Here's a how-de-do! Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.04

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum/Nanki-Poo/Ko-Ko
4You may go, for you're at liberty Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.14-3

Type: recitativeVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Pirate King
5See how the fates their gifts allot Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.08

Type: quintetVoice: B/B-Br cA Br Br MzLanguage: English

Roles: The Mikado/Katisha/Ko-Ko/Pooh-Bah/Pitti-Sing
6A more human Mikado Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles: The Mikado
7When I was a lad Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Joseph Porter
8We triumph now Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.14-3

Type: sceneVoice: B B-Br Br cALanguage: English

Roles: Sergeant/Pirate King/Stanley/Ruth
9When you left our pirate fold Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.05-1

Type: trioVoice: cA B-Br TLanguage: English

Roles: Ruth/Pirate King/Frederic
10Away, away, my heart's on fire! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.06

Type: trioVoice: cA B-Br TLanguage: English

Roles: Ruth/Pirate King/Frederic
11Farewell, my own Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2.07-1

Type: ensembleVoice: T S Br Mz B-Br Br B cALanguage: English

Roles: Ralph Rackstraw/Josephine/Joseph Porter/Cousin Hebe/Dick Deadeye/Bill Bobstay/Bob Becket/Mrs. Cripps
12I am so proud Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.10

Type: trioVoice: Br Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Pooh-Bah/Ko-Ko/Pish-Tush
13With aspect stern and gloomy stride Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11-1

Type: ensembleVoice: Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Pooh-Bah/Ko-Ko
14For he's gone and married Yum-Yum Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.13

Type: finale,ensembleVoice: Mz Br S T S/Mz BrLanguage: English

Roles: Pitti-Sing/Ko-Ko/Yum-Yum/Nanki-Poo/Peep-Bo/Pooh-Bah
15The criminal cried Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.07

Type: trioVoice: Mz Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Pitti-Sing/Ko-Ko/Pooh-Bah
16Our great Mikado virtuous man Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Pish-Tush
17All is prepared Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B T SLanguage: English

Roles: Notary/Alexis/Aline
18And I have journey'd for a month Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.04-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Pooh-Bah
19The flower that bloom in the spring Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.09

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Ko-Ko/Yum-Yum/Pitti-Sing/Pooh-Bah
20Softly sighing to a river Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.14-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Sergeant
21Oh, men of dark and dismal fate Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.14-1

Type: sceneVoice: Br Br B-BrLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Samuel/Pirate King
22Now what is this Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.14-2

Type: sceneVoice: Br T B-Br SLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Frederic/Pirate King/Mabel
23Welcome, joy! Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.09

Type: duetVoice: cA B-BrLanguage: English

Roles: Sangazure/Marmaduke
24Oh, I have wrought much evil with my spells Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: cA BrLanguage: English

Roles: Sangazure/Mr Wells
25Behold the Lord High Executioner Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.05-1

Type: chorusVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Ko-Ko
26There is beauty in the bellow of the blast Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.12

Type: duetVoice: Br cALanguage: English

Roles: Ko-Ko/Katisha
27As some day it may happen Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Ko-Ko
28Ye torrents roar! Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11g

Type: ensemble,finaleVoice: cA Br Br T S S/Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Katisha/Pooh-Bah/Ko-Ko/Nanki-Poo/Yum-Yum/Peep-Bo/Pitti-Sing
29Oh joy, oh rapture unforeseen Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1.12-3

Type: ensembleVoice: S Mz T B-Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine/Cousin Hebe/Ralph Rackstraw/Dick Deadeye/Bill Bobstay
30My name is John Wellington Wells Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Mr Wells
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