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Robert Radford Suggest updates

Born Nottingham, 13 May 1874.

Died London, 3 March 1933.

English bass.

Robert Radford had a successful career with the major British companies, singing leading roles at Covent Garden as well as touring with Denhof and Beecham. He was one of the founding directors of BNOC, working with the company throughout its existence.

He trained in London under Alberto Randegger at the Royal Academy of Music. His operatic debut, at Covent Garden, was as the Commendatore in 1904, though by then he had been established as a concert performer for five years. Later appearances at Covent Garden included Hunding in Die Walküre and Hagen in Götterdämmerung when Hans Richter conducted the famous English Ring cycles in 1908 and 1909.

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