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Richard Angas
Birth: Apr. 18, 1942
Surrey, England
Death: Aug. 20, 2013
West Yorkshire, England

Opera Singer. A larger-than-life (6'7") basso who excelled in both comedic and serious roles, he shall be best remembered for his tenure with the English National Opera (ENO). Raised in Surrey, he learned to sing in church, became a professional chorister from a young age, and in 1960 entered the Royal Academy of Music. After taking second place in the 1964 Kathleen Ferrier Competition he captured the 1965 Richard Tauber Prize, earning a year's study at the Vienna State Academy. Angas made his 1966 operatic bow with the Scottish Opera as Lodovico from Verdi's "Otello" then the following year was seen there appropriately cast as the giant Fafner in Wagner's "Das Rheingold". He made a First Night of the Proms appearance in 1968 and as part of Benjamin Britten's English Opera Group was heard at the 1969 Adelburgh Festival as the Abbot in "Curlew River". He bowed at Covent Garden in 1975 as the Doctor from Alban Berg's "Wozzeck" and in 1980 made his ENO debut as Ramphis in Verdi's "Aida". A company member for 15 years, his roles there and elsewhere included Don Basilio of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville", Alcindoro in Puccini's "La Boheme", the lawyer Swallow from Britten's "Peter Grimes", Osmin in Mozart's "The Abduction from the Seraglio", Don Ferrando of Verdi's "La Forza del Destino", Baron Ochs in Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier", King Mark of Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde", the Circus Trainer in Berg's "Lulu", Pistol from Verdi's "Falstaff", Dr. Bartolo in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro", Cesare Angelotti of Puccini's "Tosca", and the Cook in Serge Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges". Angas' signature piece, however, was to be the title lead of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado", a part he assumed close to 200 times and also recorded. He was with ENO for their 1988 Metropolitan Opera performances of Prokofiev's "War and Piece", but his career was otherwise mostly confined to Europe, with noted appearances in Lisbon, Barcellona, Kerfeld, and Amsterdam. Over the years he was part of at least three world premieres, and though he was praised the works themselves were not particularly successful. Active to the end, Angas maintained a home in central France, never retired, and died after collapsing during rehearsals for an Opera North production of "Peter Grimes". He left a small number of recordings including a complete DVD of "The Mikado". (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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Record added: Aug 22, 2013
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Richard Angas
Added by: Bob Hufford
Richard Angas
Added by: Bob Hufford
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