John Shirley-Quirk

(b. 1931)

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(b Liverpool, 1931).

Eng. baritone. Opera début Glyndebourne, 1962 (Doctor in Pelléas et Mélisande). Joined EOG 1964. Created 3 roles in Britten church parables (1964, 1966, 1968), Coyle in Owen Wingrave (tv 1971, CG 1973), and all 7 bar. roles in Death in Venice (1973). Sang Eugene Onegin with Glyndebourne. NY Met début 1974. Created Lev in The Ice Break, CG 1977. Sang in Die Meistersinger, Edinburgh Fest. 2006. Outstanding interpreter of choral works by Elgar, Tippett, Britten, etc. CBE 1975.

Subjects: Opera.

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