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Frank Mullings Suggest updates

Born Walsall, 10 March 1881.

Died Manchester, 19 May 1953.

English tenor.

Frank Mullings was one of the most noted dramatic tenors singing in Britain between the wars. He was regarded as an excellent Tannhäuser, Tristan, Siegfried, Parsifal and Canio, but was admired particularly for his highly histrionic performances of Otello.

Trained in Birmingham, his debut was at Coventry in 1907 in the role of Gounod's Faust. He worked with the Denhof company, then with Beecham 1916-21, and BNOC 1922-6. He sang Hadyar in the British premiere of Isidore De Lara's Naïl (Covent Garden 1919) and created Apollo in Rutland Boughton's Alkestis (Glastonbury 1922). His recording of Canio in a complete recording of Pagliacci made by BNOC is quite distinctive.

Roles in Scotland

Tristan a Cornish knight
Tristan und Isolde 1913
Tristan und Isolde 1926
Midas
Phoebus and Pan 1918
Otello a Moorish general, Venetian Governor of Cyprus
Otello 1919
Otello 1923
Otello 1926
Faust
Damnation de Faust 1923
Canio leader of the players
Pagliacci 1926
Orbin a minstrel, Eigen's lover
Caractacus 1926
Radamès Captain of the Guard
Aïda 1926
Gerontius
Dream of Gerontius 1928

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