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Born Colne, 10 March 1910.
Died London, 5 February 1991.

English baritone.

John Hargreaves studied in Manchester then with Frederic Austin at the Royal Academy of Music, making his debut at Sadler’s Wells as Valentin in Faust in 1936. He first appeared at Covent Garden in Pickwick (Albert Coates) the same year. He stayed a member of the Sadler's Wells company until he retired from the stage in 1965, but for a post-war West End run in Song of Norway.

He sang most of the major baritone roles in the Sadler’s Wells repertory from Mozart through to Onegin, Marcello, Rigoletto, Luna, Boccanegra, Scarpia and Jack Rance. Roles he created include Strickland in The Moon and Sixpence (Gardner 1957), and he sang Voltore in Volpone (Burt) when it was taken over by Sadler's Wells in 1964. He became manager of the Sadler's company (the company divided into two, alternating between London and tour - a "Sadler's" and a "Wells" company) from 1962, then became General Company Manager 1966-70. After his retirement, he continued to work as Vocal Consultant for the company as well as teaching.

Roles in Scotland

Frank prison governor
Fledermaus 1941
Figaro the Count's valet
Nozze di Figaro 1941
Marcello a painter
Bohème 1941
Figaro a barber
Barbiere di Siviglia 1942
Guglielmo another officer, Ferrando's friend
Così fan tutte 1944
Count Almaviva
Nozze di Figaro 1957
Nozze di Figaro 1958
Nozze di Figaro 1959
Nozze di Figaro 1961
Baron Scarpia Chief of Police
Tosca 1957
Count Danilo Danilowitsch Secretary to the legation, reserve cavalry lieutenant
Lustige Witwe 1959
Rigoletto a jester
Rigoletto 1959
Sharpless U S Consul in Nagasaki
Madam Butterfly 1960
Earl of Essex
Merrie England 1960
Don Giovanni a young nobleman
Don Giovanni 1960
Miller a retired soldier
Luisa Miller 1960
Peter a broom maker and father of Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel 1960
Wolfram von Eschenbach a knight and minnesinger
Tannhäuser 1961
Mikado of Japan
Mikado 1963
Agamemnon King of Kings
Belle Hélène 1965

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