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Open Features: Richard Lewis

Peter Wintersgill outlines the career of Manchester-born Richard Lewis, who sang in the first performances of major Twentieth Century musical works.

Born
10th. May 1914 in Manchester.

Adult life
Studied privately at R.M.C.M. 1939 41 with Norman Allin Glyndebourne debut 1947 in Britten's Rape of Lucretia. Covent Garden debut 1947 as Peter Grimes, later as Albert Herring 1948. Created role of Troilus in Walton's Troilus & Cressida 1945. & of Mark & Achilles inTippett's Midsummer Marriage 1955, also King Priam 1962. Sang Aaron in the British premiere of Schoenberg's Moses und Aaron. Sang in the premiere of Stravinsky's Canticum Sacrum in Venice 1956. He also had a successful concert career, esp. as Gerontius, which he sang with Barbirolli & Sargent. Created C.B.E. 1963.

He died 13th. November 1990 in Willingdon, Sussex aged76

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