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Thomas Hemsley

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Voice: Baritone
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: 1927
Year of Death: 2013

About Thomas Hemsley:

Thomas Jeffrey Hemsley, CBE (12 April 1927 – 11 April 2013) was an English baritone.

Hemsley was born in Coalville, Leicestershire, and attended Ashby de la Zouch Grammar School. He took a degree in natural sciences from Brasenose College, Oxford. He moved to London and became a pupil of Lucie Manén, and also served as a Vicar Choral at St Paul's Cathedral. He made his debut in 1951 as Aeneas in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Mermaid Theatre, London, alongside Kirsten Flagstad as Dido. The pair recorded the opera for EMI the same year. He debuted at Glyndebourne in 1953. He was principal baritone at the Aachen Opera from 1953 to 1956, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein from 1956 to 1963, and the Zürich Opera from 1962 to 1967.

In 1960, Hemsley created the role of Demetrius in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream with the English Opera Group at Aldeburgh. His other work in contemporary opera included his Covent Garden debut in 1970 as Mangus in Tippett's The Knot Garden, Iain Hamilton's opera The Catiline Conspiracy in 1974 at Scottish Opera as Caesar, and the role of Rev Wringhim in Thomas Wilson's opera The Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1976). In 1965, he was the baritone soloist in only the second UK performance (and only the fourth performance in the work's history) of Delius's Requiem, in Liverpool, under Charles Groves.

Hemsley was a notable interpreter of German music, such as Beckmesser in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Otto Klemperer specifically recommended Hemsley to the Bayreuth Festival for the role, which Hemsley sang there 1968 to 1970 and recording it under the baton of Rafael Kubelík. In the latter part of his career, he taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and also Dartington International Summer School.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Was duftet doch der Flieder Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Sachs
2Selig wie die Sonne Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: quintetVoice: S B-Br T T MzLanguage: German

Roles: Eva/Sachs/Walther/David/Magdalena
3Verachtet mir die Meister nicht Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Sachs
4Come away fellow sailors Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
5Behold upon my bending spear Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.12

Type: duetVoice: T/Br Mz/SLanguage: English

Roles: Aeneas/Dido
6Ahi! ahi la testa mia Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Masetto/Zerlina
7Pensa a chi geme d'amor Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 2.03-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Melisso
8Jerum jerum Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Sachs
9Das schone Fest Johannistag Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Veit Pogner
10Ecco l'infido Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 1.06

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Bradamante/Melisso/Alcina
11Ferma perfido ferma Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.11-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Masetto/Zerlina
12Den Tag seh ich erscheinen Popularity:

Opera: Meistersinger von Nürnberg, DieComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Beckmesser
13If not for mine for Empire's sake Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Aeneas
14Stay Prince and hear Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.14

Type: duetVoice: baritone or tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Aeneas
15Prendi e vivi Ruggiero Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.19

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ruggiero/Oronte
16Sweet Moon, I thank thee for thy sunny beams Popularity:

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles:
17A quai strani perigli Popularity:

Opera: AlcinaComposer: HandelAct: 1.23

Type: recitativeVoice: B Mz SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Melisso/Bradamante/Morgana
18See our royal guest appears Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.08

Type: duetVoice: S T/BrLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda/Aeneas
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