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Clive Carey

(1883—1968) singer and opera producer


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(b Sible Hedingham, 30 May 1883; d London, 30 April 1968). English baritone. He studied at Cambridge and in London and with Jean de Reszke in Paris and Nice. He directed Die Zauberflöte and sang Papageno at Cambridge University in 1911 when Edward J. Dent's English translation was first used. Engaged at the Old Vic opera company (1920–24) as singer and director, he appeared in Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte. He taught in Australia at Adelaide (1924–7), where he also worked in the straight theatre, and in 1928 he toured North America in The Beggar's Opera, singing Captain Macheath. In the 1930s he worked at Sadler's Wells Opera, where he was director in 1945–6, after a further period of teaching in Adelaide and also Melbourne (1939–45). A stylish performer, particularly of Mozart roles, and an accomplished actor, he was an imaginative director, much concerned with the elimination of accumulated tradition and returning to composers’ intentions, and a fine teacher.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.


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