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Sir Donald McIntyre.

Born Auckland, 22 October 1934.

New Zealand bass-baritone.

Sir Donald McIntyre studied in London at the Guildhall School of Music. He sang Zaccaria with Welsh National Opera in 1959, and other Verdi bass roles at Sadler’s Wells. He performed regularly with them in the years 1960-67, in a mixed repertory including Mozart. In 1967 he first appeared at Covent Garden, and returned there in a multitude of roles including Pizarro, Jokanaan, Orest, Golaud, Escamillo and Shaklovity. His major Wagner roles at the house were Wotan, Dutchman, Kothner, Kurwenal, Klingsor, Amfortas and Telramund. With the Royal Opera he also created Heyst in Victory (Bennett 1970), which was taken on tour to Berlin, and sang Prospero in the British premiere of Berio's Un re in ascolta (1989).

He first went to Bayreuth in 1967 and returned every season for many years thereafter, singing Telramund, Klingsor, Dutchman, Amfortas, Kurwenal and Wotan. He made guest appearances at other major houses which included Milan, Hamburg, New York Met, Chicago, and Zurich. He was one of the leading Wagner bass-baritones of his generation, making many recordings, including Klingsor and Wotan conducted by Pierre Boulez live at Bayreuth. In later years he also sang some of the Wagner bass roles including Gurnemanz and Pogner.

With Scottish Opera he appeared as Varlaam and the Commendatore (both in 1965), returning as Méphistophélès, Hunding, Pizarro, Wotan (Die Walküre), and Macbeth. He was knighted in 1992.

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