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Richard Van Allan

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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
1Zitto lascia ch'io senta Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Masetto
2Young man, despair Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Pooh-Bah/Pish-Tush/Nanki-Poo
3Ye torrents roar! Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11g

Type: ensemble,finaleVoice: cA Br Br T S S/Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Katisha/Pooh-Bah/Ko-Ko/Nanki-Poo/Yum-Yum/Peep-Bo/Pitti-Sing
4With aspect stern and gloomy stride Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11-1

Type: ensembleVoice: Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Pooh-Bah/Ko-Ko
5When I was a lad Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Joseph Porter
6Votre toast (Toreador Song) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Escamillo
7Vorrei dir e cor non ho Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso
8Voici l'ordre, partez Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.13

Type: recitative,finaleVoice: B MzLanguage: French

Roles: Zuniga/Carmen
9Voi Cavaradossi Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.05

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Angelotti/Cavaradossi
10Viva la guerra Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Preziosilla/Carlo/Mayor
11Viva la buona compagnia Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: Br Mz B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Preziosilla/Mayor/Trabuco
12Venite pur avanti Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.28-3

Type: recitativeVoice: B Br S S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Anna/Elvira/Ottavio
13Vedrai carino Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.07-3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina
14Ve' se di notte qui colla sposa Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 2.11

Type: quartet,choirVoice: S B B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amelia/Samuel/Tom/Renato
15Ve gente alla finestra Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Masetto
16Una bella serenata Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.06

Type: trioVoice: T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Guglielmo/Alfonso
17Un di quando le veneri Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06-1

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Giorgio
18Tutti accusan le donne Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.23

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso
19Tra quest arbori celata Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.26

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Giovanni/Masetto
20There is beauty in the bellow of the blast Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.12

Type: duetVoice: Br cALanguage: English

Roles: Ko-Ko/Katisha
21The 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
22The criminal cried Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.07

Type: trioVoice: Mz Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Pitti-Sing/Ko-Ko/Pooh-Bah
23Stelle per carita Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Fiordiligi/Dorabella
24Sta bene Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Mayor/Preziosilla/Carlo
25Sola 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
26Softly sighing to a river Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Sergeant
27Soave sia il vento Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.19

Type: trioVoice: B S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Fiordiligi/Dorabella
28So please you, Sir Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.08

Type: quintetVoice: S S/Mz Mz Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum/Peep-Bo/Pitti-Sing/Pooh-Bah/Pish-Tush
29Si tu m'aimes, Carmen Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 3.13

Type: duet,choirVoice: B-Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: Escamillo/Carmen
30Si ridesta in ciel aurora Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.07

Type: choirVoice: S T Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo/Giorgio/Dottore/Marchese
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