|Year of Birth:||1924|
|Year of Death:||1995|
Murray Dickie OBE (b. Bishopton, nr. Glasgow, 3 April 1924; d. Cape Town, South Africa, 19 June 1995) was a Scottish tenor opera singer and director, who established his career in England, Austria and Italy during the 1950s. In addition to his extensive stage work he was a prolific recording artist.
Dickie had his first vocal training in Glasgow. He studied in Vienna with S. Polmann, and afterwards he studied in London with Dino Borgioli, and in Milan with Guido Farinelli. He at first worked for the BBC as "effects boy" and went on to become a production assistant.
His debut was at the Cambridge Theatre in London in January 1947 as part of the New London Opera Company, as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, a role he afterwards repeated for them on several occasions. He joined the new resident company at Covent Garden when it was first formed after the War, from 1948 to 1952. His debut there was as Tamino. An early triumph was as David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, a role with which he became identified. In 1952 he was invited to undertake this role at La Scala by Wilhelm Furtwängler, and won approval. He also sang the role in Berlin, Munich, Vienna and elsewhere. He made debuts in 1950 in Barcelona and in 1951 in Rome, and at the Vienna State Opera, where he was immediately engaged as a permanent member of the company. In 1949 he created the role of Curé in the Arthur Bliss opera The Olympians at Covent Garden.