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John Reed

Singer details:

Voice: Baritone
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: 1916
Year of Death: 2010

About John Reed:

John Lamb Reed, OBE (13 February 1916 – 13 February 2010) was an English actor, dancer and singer, known for his nimble performances in the principal comic roles of the Savoy Operas, particularly with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. Reed has been called "the last great exponent" of the Gilbert and Sullivan comedy roles.

The son of a butcher from County Durham, Reed began performing at the end of World War II, joining the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1951. After eight years as understudy to Peter Pratt, he became the principal comedian of the company in 1959, remaining for two decades, playing all the famous Gilbert and Sullivan patter roles, including Sir Joseph in H.M.S. Pinafore, the Major-General in The Pirates of Penzance, Bunthorne in Patience, the Lord Chancellor in Iolanthe, Ko-Ko in The Mikado, Jack Point in The Yeomen of the Guard and the Duke of Plaza Toro in The Gondoliers, among others. He was known for his "fleet-footed clowning", dry and roguish wit, comic timing, "crystal clear diction" in the patter songs, and his amusing character voice, recording all of his principal roles with the company.

In 1979, Reed left the company but continued performing in and directing Gilbert and Sullivan productions in Britain and America, as well as appearing in other light opera. He retired to Halifax, West Yorkshire, directing amateur Gilbert and Sullivan companies and attending the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton for many years.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Lost in the stars Popularity:

Opera: Lost in the StarsComposer: WeillAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
2When I was a lad Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Joseph Porter
3My name is John Wellington Wells Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Mr Wells
4If You Give Me Your Attention Popularity:

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles:
5If You Give Me Your Attention Popularity:

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
6Whene'er I Spoke Popularity:

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
7My Boy, You May Take It from Me Popularity:

Opera: RuddigoreComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
8My Boy, You May Take It from Me Popularity:

Opera: RuddigoreComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles:
9Rising Early in the Morning Popularity:

Opera: Gondoliers, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
10Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes Popularity:

Opera: Gondoliers, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
11I've Jibe and Joke Popularity:

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles:
12Sprites of earth and air Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.13

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Alexis/Mr Wells
13Tis twelve, I think Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.02

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Alexis/Mr Wells
14Whene'er I Spoke Popularity:

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles:
15Oh, I have wrought much evil with my spells Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: cA BrLanguage: English

Roles: Sangazure/Mr Wells
16The 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
17Oh, 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
18Hold, Monsters! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Samuel/Stanley
19Softly sighing to a river Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Sergeant
20Away with them Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.14-4

Type: sceneVoice: Br cA B-BrLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Ruth/Pirate King
21Madam, it has been represented to me Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2.03-2

Type: spokenVoice: Br SLanguage: English

Roles: Joseph Porter/Josephine
22Incomprehensible as her utterances are Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2.02-2

Type: spokenVoice: Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Corcoran/Joseph Porter
23Here'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
24Behold the Lord High Executioner Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.05-1

Type: chorusVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Ko-Ko
25There is beauty in the bellow of the blast Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.12

Type: duetVoice: Br cALanguage: English

Roles: Ko-Ko/Katisha
26With aspect stern and gloomy stride Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11-1

Type: ensembleVoice: Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Pooh-Bah/Ko-Ko
27Pray 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
28I am the monarch of the sea Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1.07

Type: ensembleVoice: Br Br MzLanguage: English

Roles: Corcoran/Joseph Porter/Cousin Hebe
29Now 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
30You've a remarkably fine crew Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1.08-2

Type: spokenVoice: Br Br T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Joseph Porter/Corcoran/Ralph Rackstraw/Bill Bobstay
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