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George Cook

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Voice: Bass-baritone
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: 1925
Year of Death: 1995

About George Cook:

George Cook (28 May 1925 – April 1995) was an English opera singer and actor, best known for his performances in the bass and bass-baritone roles of the Savoy Operas with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. He married D'Oyly Carte chorister Marian Martin.

George Cook was born in Coventry.Upon his discharge from the Royal Navy at the close of World War II, Cook joined an amateur operatic society in Coventry. Encouraged by his success, he moved to London and studied voice.

Cook joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company chorus in 1954, soon assuming the role of the Carpenter's Mate in H.M.S. Pinafore. In 1955, he also began to play the mute role of the Associate in Trial by Jury. Beginning in 1956, he added to his repertory the roles of Sergeant Bouncer in Cox and Box, the Usher in Trial, the Boatswain's Mate in Pinafore, and Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance.

In 1956 Cook began to play the role of Giorgio in The Gondoliers, while also serving as understudy for the principal baritone roles. He also took on the role of Scynthius in Princess Ida in 1957, and the roles of Go-To in The Mikado and Sergeant of Police in Pirates in 1962. Finally, in 1963, he added the role of Old Adam in Ruddigore. He regularly played these roles until he left the D'Oyly Carte organisation in 1969.

In addition, as understudy to Kenneth Sandford, he often played Private Willis in Iolanthe, King Hildebrand in Princess Ida, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, Sir Despard Murgatroyd in Ruddigore, Wilfred Shadbolt in The Yeomen of the Guard, and Don Alhambra in The Gondoliers.

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More Arias, Duets and Ensembles performed by George Cook

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1If You Give Me Your Attention Popularity:

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles:
2If You Give Me Your Attention Popularity:

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
3Rising Early in the Morning Popularity:

Opera: Gondoliers, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
4Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes Popularity:

Opera: Gondoliers, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
5Oh, 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
6Hold, Monsters! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Samuel/Stanley
7Pray observe the magnanimity Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.14f

Type: ensemble/finaleVoice: T Br B-Br Br S Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Frederic/Samuel/Pirate King/Stanley/Mabel/Edith/Kate
8Can I survive this overbearing? Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1.12-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Ralph Rackstraw
9You 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
10Farewell, 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
11I am the captain of Pinafore Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Corcoran
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