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Richard Lewis

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: Welsh
Year of Birth: 1914
Year of Death: 1990

About Richard Lewis:

Richard Lewis CBE (10 May 1914 – 13 November 1990) was an English tenor of Welsh parentage.

Born Thomas Thomas in Manchester to Welsh parents, Lewis began his career as a boy soprano and studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music (now merged into the Royal Northern College of Music) from 1939 to 1941, and later at the Royal Academy of Music. He made his operatic debut in 1939, and from 1947 onwards, sang at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and at Covent Garden (London). He made his debut in the United States in 1955.

Lewis made a number of recordings, including Messiah (Handel), L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi), Idomeneo (Mozart), Liebeslieder Walzer and Neue Liebeslieder Walzer (Brahms), Coleridge-Taylor's The Song of Hiawatha, Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, Benjamin Britten's Spring Symphony (with Leonard Bernstein), scenes from William Walton's Troilus and Cressida, and four different performances of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, two with Maureen Forrester, (Reiner/Walter) one with Kathleen Ferrier (Barbirolli), and a fourth with Lili Chookasian (Ormandy). There is also a live recording with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra.

In 1963 he was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He died in Eastbourne.

Following Lewis's death in 1990 his widow, Elizabeth Lewis established the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks award at Glyndebourne, made possible by funding from the pathologist Dr Jean Shanks (Princess Galitzine). In 2000 Elizabeth moved the award to the Royal Academy of Music wishing to help young singers at that more vulnerable time in their careers.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Bleib Senta bleib Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 2.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Erik/Senta
2Mit Gewitter und Sturm aus fernem Meer Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Steersman
3Kein Zweifel sieben Meilen fort Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: German

Roles: Daland/Steersman
4Südwind Südwind! Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.07

Type: recitative,choirVoice: T B B-BrLanguage: German

Roles: Steersman/Daland/Dutchman
5He holla Steuermann Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: German

Roles: Daland/Steersman
6Verloren ach verloren ewig Popularity:

Opera: Fliegende Holländer, DerComposer: WagnerAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br T SLanguage: German

Roles: Dutchman/Erik/Senta
7Ben io t'invenni Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abigaille
8Your revels cease Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11-3

Type: recitativeVoice: cA TLanguage: English

Roles: Katisha/Nanki-Poo
9A British tar is a soaring soul Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1.10-1

Type: trioVoice: T Br BLanguage: English

Roles: Ralph Rackstraw/Bill Bobstay/Bob Becket
10Oh false one! you have deceived me! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.04-1

Type: duetVoice: cA TLanguage: English

Roles: Ruth/Frederic
11I Shipped, D'Ye See Popularity:

Opera: RuddigoreComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
12Gentlemen, I pray you tell me Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.01-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Pish-Tush
13Oh 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
14How beautifully blue the sky Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.10

Type: chorus/duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Frederic
15Is Life a Boon? Popularity:

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
16Away, 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
17Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
18The 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
19Refrain, audacious tar Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1.11

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine/Ralph Rackstraw
20Were you not to Ko-Ko plighted Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.09

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Yum-Yum
21Pretty daughter of mine Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2.06-2

Type: sceneVoice: Br T S BrLanguage: English

Roles: Corcoran/Ralph Rackstraw/Josephine/Bill Bobstay
22Stop, ladies, pray! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Frederic/Edith/Kate
23Pray 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
24Rising Early in the Morning Popularity:

Opera: Gondoliers, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
25Here'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
26Farewell, 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
27The nightingale Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Ralph Rackstraw
28For 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
29Now Frederic, let your escort lion-hearted Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Frederic
30What shall I do? Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.04-2

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Frederic
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