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Richard Van Allan

Singer details:

Voice: Bass
Nationality: British
Year of Birth: 1935
Year of Death: 2008

About Richard Van Allan:

Richard Van Allan CBE (28 May 1935 – 4 December 2008) was a versatile British operatic bass singer who had a lengthy career.

He sang varied repertoire at Covent Garden and English National Opera, as well as at numerous important houses worldwide. With his distinctive profile and memorable stage presence, he made a powerful impression in many roles, from Wagner, Verdi and Mozart, to Gilbert and Sullivan. The Times wrote that he embodied "all the virtues that make the complete artist – vocal beauty and technique, musicianship, language, dramatic ability, stylistic authority".

Richard Van Allan was born in Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, on 28 May 1935. He grew up in Derbyshire, singing in the church choir in Bolsover and participated in Gilbert and Sullivan operas at Brunts grammar school in Mansfield. He left school without finishing, becoming a police cadet, and became a constable after completing military service in Germany, where he became more interested in singing. He studied at Worcester Teacher Training College, during which he sang in concerts and performed in more amateur Gilbert and Sullivan productions.

Van Allan taught science in Birmingham while studying voice with David Franklin at the Birmingham School of Music. In 1964, he joined the chorus of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, then Sadler's Wells. He also toured with Opera for All. Van Allan made his solo debut at Glyndebourne in 1966 as Second Priest and Second Armoured Man in Mozart's The Magic Flute. In 1967, he appeared as Osmano in Francesco Cavalli's L'Ormindo at Glyndebourne under Raymond Leppard. He sang the roles of the Speaker in The Magic Flute, Johann in Massenet's Werther, and in 1969 he alternated in the title role and as Leporello in Don Giovanni for Sadler's Wells at the London Coliseum. In 1970 he created the role of Colonel Lord Francis Jowler in the premiere of Nicholas Maw's The Rising of the Moon at Glyndebourne.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Votre toast (Toreador Song) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Escamillo
2Soave sia il vento Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.19

Type: trioVoice: B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Fiordiligi/Dorabella
3Il mio tesoro Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.12-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavio
4I Am a Pirate King Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles:
5Vedrai carino Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.07-3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina
6Credeasi misera Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 3.10

Type: quartet,choirVoice: S T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Arturo/Riccardo/Giorgio
7Batti batti bel Masetto Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.22

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina
8Don Giovanni a cenar teco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.20

Type: trioVoice: Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello/Commendatore
9Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Renato
10Alfredo Alfredo di questo core Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.21

Type: quartetVoice: T Br S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Giorgio/Violetta/Barone
11Pura siccome un angelo Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giorgio/Violetta
12Donne mie la fate a tanti Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Guglielmo
13Ho capito Signor si! Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Masetto
14Alla vita che t'arride Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Renato
15Il core vi dono Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.09

Type: duetVoice: Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Dorabella/Guglielmo
16As some day it may happen Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Ko-Ko
17Non siate ritrosi Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.30-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Guglielmo
18Alla bella Despinetta Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.26

Type: sextetVoice: B Br T S Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Guglielmo/Ferrando/Despina/Dorabella/Fiordiligi
19Gia la mensa e preparata Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.18

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello
20Ogni suo aver tal femmina Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.19

Type: quintetVoice: T T Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Gastone/Barone/Dottore/Marchese
21Our great Mikado virtuous man Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Pish-Tush
22Un di quando le veneri Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06-1

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Giorgio
23Ah! taci ingiusto core Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.02-1

Type: trioVoice: B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Elvira
24Bella vita militar! Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.29

Type: quintet,choir,finaleVoice: B T S Mz S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles:
25When I was a lad Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Joseph Porter
26O statua gentilissima Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni
27Bisogna aver coraggio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.27

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Elvira/Ottavio/Anna/Leporello
28Sola sola in buio loco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.08

Type: sextetVoice: B S S T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Elvira/Anna/Ottavio/Zerlina/Masetto
29Fate presto o cari amici Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.25

Type: duet,choir,finaleVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Despina/Alfonso
30Venite pur avanti Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.28-3

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Anna/Elvira/Ottavio
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