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Fisher Morgan

Singer details:

Voice: Bass-baritone
Nationality: Welsh
Year of Birth: 1908
Year of Death: 1959

About Fisher Morgan:

Thomas Fisher Morgan (1908 – 18 January 1959) was a Welsh singer and actor best remembered as a principal bass-baritone with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company during the 1950s.

Morgan studied music at London's Trinity College of Music and began his career in concert work and radio. He broadcast on the BBC Forces network during World War II. From 1951 to 1956, he became a principal player with the D'Oyly Carte, recording three of his roles for Decca. After leaving the company, he played in pantomime. He died suddenly at the age of 50.

Born in Glamorgan in Wales, Morgan participated as a youth in amateur productions of Gilbert and Sullivan, playing the role of Sergeant Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard at the age of 17. He studied at Trinity College of Music in London, and while still a student, he appeared in recitals and broadcast for the BBC in regional programmes. In 1939, The Observer wrote of him, "a fine discovery ... who should very soon develop into a singer Glyndebourne would be proud to possess." During World War II, Morgan broadcast on the BBC Forces network. His concert work included the bass lead in Bach's St. Matthew Passion in 1940, and in British works by composers from Henry Purcell to Hubert Parry.

In April 1951, Morgan was engaged by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, immediately taking on the roles of Sergeant Bouncer in Cox and Box, and Richard Cholmondeley in The Yeomen of the Guard, and understudying, and occasionally performing, the roles of Private Willis in Iolanthe, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, Wilfred Shadbolt in The Yeomen of the Guard, and Don Alhambra in The Gondoliers. In the autumn of that year, after the departure of the company's principal bass-baritone, Richard Watson, Morgan began to regularly perform the roles of the Learned Judge in Trial by Jury, the Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance, Private Willis in Iolanthe, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, Sir Despard in Ruddigore, Wilfred in Yeomen and Don Alhambra in The Gondoliers. In 1954, when the company revived Princess Ida, he also took on the part of King Hildebrand, having dropped the role of Bouncer the previous year. In his final D'Oyly Carte season, which ended in April 1956, he gave up the role of the Judge. Record producer Chris Webster wrote that Morgan "must be one of the best Pooh-Bahs ever". In The Manchester Guardian, Edward Greenfield wrote of Morgan's Don Alhambra, "His ability to overact pompously is unrivalled, and more than anyone else last night he managed to project his personality to everyone in the audience." Of the 1955 recording of Princess Ida, Mel Moratti commented, "Fisher Morgan, as King Hildebrand, has the most stunning voice I have heard for some time". A 1973 article in The Savoyard magazine ranked Sir Despard as Morgan's greatest role: "his grisly first entrance brilliantly contrasted with just the right degree of sobriety and sedateness in Act II ... a superb performance of singing and dancing."

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1My name is John Wellington Wells Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Mr Wells
2If You Give Me Your Attention Popularity:

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles:
3If You Give Me Your Attention Popularity:

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
4Whene'er I Spoke Popularity:

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
5Whene'er I Spoke Popularity:

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles:
6Would You Know the Kind of Maid Popularity:

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
7All is prepared Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B T SLanguage: English

Roles: Notary/Alexis/Aline
8Time was when Love and I were well acquainted Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Dr Daly
9Welcome, joy! Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.09

Type: duetVoice: cA B-BrLanguage: English

Roles: Sangazure/Marmaduke
10Dear friends, take pity on my lot Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.03

Type: quartet,choirVoice: Mz/S B S TLanguage: English

Roles: Constance/Notary/Aline/Alexis
11Oh, I have wrought much evil with my spells Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: cA BrLanguage: English

Roles: Sangazure/Mr Wells
12Oh, my voice is sad and low Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.08

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Dr Daly
13Love feeds on many kinds of food Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Alexis
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