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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
121Il cenno mio di la con essi attendi Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-1

Type: trioVoice: T S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Oscar/Renato
122Ferma ed ascolta Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 1.05-2

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Wurm/Miller
123A te ciel natio Popularity:

Opera: Vespri Siciliani, IComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tebaldo/Roberto/Bethune
124Di mi chiedeste Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.12

Type: recitativeVoice: B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Wurm/Rodolfo
125Ve gente alla finestra Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Masetto
126La commedia e graziosa Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.14

Type: recitativeVoice: B T S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Ferrando/Fiordiligi/Dorabella
127Si 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
128Softly sighing to a river Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Sergeant
129Behold the Lord High Executioner Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.05-1

Type: chorusVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Ko-Ko
130With aspect stern and gloomy stride Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11-1

Type: ensembleVoice: Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Pooh-Bah/Ko-Ko
131I am the captain of Pinafore Popularity:

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

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Corcoran
132Here'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
133Young man, despair Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Pooh-Bah/Pish-Tush/Nanki-Poo
134Qual e dunque l'eletto.. Ah del Conte la morte Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08

Type: quartetVoice: Br B B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Renato/Samuel/Tom/Amelia
135Carefully on tiptoe stealing Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2.06-1

Type: sceneVoice: B-Br Br S TLanguage: English

Roles: Dick Deadeye/Corcoran/Josephine/Ralph Rackstraw
136Oh 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
137See how the fates their gifts allot Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.08

Type: quintetVoice: B/B-Br cA Br Br MzLanguage: English

Roles: The Mikado/Katisha/Ko-Ko/Pooh-Bah/Pitti-Sing
138So 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
139Ye 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
140There is beauty in the bellow of the blast Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.12

Type: duetVoice: Br cALanguage: English

Roles: Ko-Ko/Katisha
141A rollicking band of Pirates we Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.11

Type: sceneVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles: Sergeant
142The criminal cried Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.07

Type: trioVoice: Mz Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Pitti-Sing/Ko-Ko/Pooh-Bah
143Farewell, 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
144And I have journey'd for a month Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.04-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Pooh-Bah
145I am so proud Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.10

Type: trioVoice: Br Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Pooh-Bah/Ko-Ko/Pish-Tush
146Brightly dawns our wedding day Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.03

Type: quartetVoice: S Mz T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum/Pitti-Sing/Nanki-Poo/Pish-Tush
147For 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
148Fervono amori e danze 1 Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14-1

Type: quartet,choirVoice: B B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Samuel/Tom/Renato/Oscar
149But tell me who's the youth Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1.02-4

Type: recitativeVoice: cA BrLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Cripps/Bill Bobstay
150The 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
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