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Tomlinson, Sir John (Rowland) free

Tomlinson, Sir John (Rowland) free

Kt 2005; CBE 1997

Born 22 Sept. 1946; s of Rowland and Ellen Tomlinson; m 1969, Moya (née Joel); one s two d

operatic bass


Accrington GS; Manchester Univ. (BSc Civil Engrg); Royal Manchester Coll. of Music


Since beginning career with Glyndebourne in 1970, has sung over 200 operatic bass roles with ENO, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Opera North, Scottish Opera, and in Geneva, Lisbon, Bologna, Florence, Milan, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Bayreuth, Berlin, Dresden, Madrid, Santiago, Tokyo, Vienna, Paris, Bordeaux, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Orange, San Diego, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, NY, Munich, Chicago, Salzburg, Hamburg, Boston, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Rome, Antwerp and Sydney; also broadcasts and recordings; best known for interpretations of Wagner bass and bass-baritone rôles, incl. Hans Sachs, Wotan (Bayreuth, 1988–98), Wanderer, Hagen, Gurnemanz and The Flying Dutchman (Bayreuth, 2003, 2004, 2006), König Marke, König Heinrich; other rôles include: Boris Godunov, Figaro, Leporello, Sarastro, Fiesco, Arkel, Balstrode, Kingfisher, Dosifey, four villains in Hoffman, Méphistophélès, Zaccharia, Claggart, Bluebeard, Baron Ochs, Rocco, Golaud, Moses, Philip II, Attila, Oberto, Green Knight, The Minotaur and Borromeo, Tirésias, Varlaam, Thomas Becket, Ivan Susanin. Pres., RNCM, 2017– (Hon. FRNCM 1996); Hon. FGS 2011. Hon. Dr: Sussex, 1997; Manchester, 1998; Hon. DMus: Nottingham, 2004; Birmingham, 2004. Singer of the Year, Royal Philharmonic Soc., 1991, 1998, 2007; Grammy Award (for Bartok, Cantata Profana), 1993; Reginald Goodall Award, Wagner Soc., 1996; Evening Standard Opera Award, 1998; Southbank Show Opera Award, 1999; Society’s Special Award, Laurence Olivier Awards, 2007; Gold Medal, Royal Philharmonic Soc., 2014


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