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William Boland Suggest updates

Born Birmingham, 1884.

Died Croydon, September 1953.

English tenor.

William Boland was a mainstay of several British companies in the early decades of the twentieth century. He appeared with the O' Mara, Carl Rosa and BNOC organisations, giving several performances at Covent Garden in the twenties. He was highly versatile, singing a range of leading roles, though he was especially useful in the large number of Wagner operas these companies all mounted. He also performed regularly in concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

On the continent, he sang at Budapest (Royal Opera House), Dresden (Staatsoper), Vienna (Volksoper) and Prague (both National Theatre and German Theatre).

He made several recordings, including three mentioned in a review in Opera (July 1983), from The Creation, The Lily of Killarney and Lohengrin. He was described by Lord Harewood as having a “basically fine voice” and “genuine authority”.  These recordings have not yet been issued on CD.

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