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Born London, 5 September 1953.

Died Vienna, 7 January 2010.

Austrian tenor of Scottish parentage.

John Dickie was the son of the great Scottish tenor Murray Dickie and the soprano Maureen Springer-Dickie. Growing up in Vienna, he studied there, and spent his career in Germany and Austria. He was awarded the Viennese title of Kammersänger. His uncle, William Dickie, was also a successful singer.

His career began in Germany, as a member of the company at Wuppertal. He later moved to Mannheim, and finally Hamburg, returning to live in Vienna in 1987. He worked regularly at both the Staatsoper and Volksoper, making nearly a thousand appearances from his debut at the Staatsoper in 1983, as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia. An early success at the Volksoper was as Lionel in Martha (1984). He was able to sing both lyric and character parts, one of which was Monostatos in a new staging (2000) of Die Zauberflöte conducted by Roger Norrington. Guest engagements took him to the Berlin Deutsche Oper, the Bregenz Festival and other houses around Europe.

His only appearances in Britain appear to have been in a visit to Covent Garden in 1986 as Almaviva.

Recordings include two complete Mozart roles, Oebalus in the early Apollo et Hyacinthus, as well as Ferrando.

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