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DAVIES , TUDOR ( 1892 - 1958 ), singer .

Born 12 Nov. 1892 in Cymer , Porth , Rhondda , fifth son of David and Sarah Davies . Before taking up a musical career he worked in the mines and during World War I as an engineer in the navy . He was educated in the University College at Cardiff . He won a scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London , and sang in opera and held concerts in the U.S.A. , Canada and Australia . In 1922 he joined the British National Opera Co. and remained with that company for the rest of his career. He portrayed Rudolfo in London in 1922 , and in 1924 he sang the leading role in the first public performance of Hugh the Drover ( Vaughan Williams ) in His Majesty's Theatre . He was principal tenor in Sadler's Wells , 1931-41 , and with the Carl Rosa Opera Company , 1941-46 ; and as a resident member of the company in Sadler's Wells he portrayed the leading role in the first English performance of Don Carlos ( Verdi ) in 1938 . He was invited to sing in every one of the leading music festivals in Great Britain and America . He had a warm and virile voice, and always sang with dignity and sincerity. His voice was recorded between 1925 and 1930 , and the part of The Dream of Gerontius ( Elgar ) which was recorded in Hereford cathedral in 1927 with the composer conducting is a notable example of his style. He m. the soprano Ruth Packer ; and d. 2 Apr. 1958 .

Sources:

  • Who was who? , 1951-60 ;
  • Welsh Music, the journal of the Guild for the Promotion of Welsh Music , 3 ( 1970 ), 34-5;
  • Y Ford Gron: Papur cymru'r byd , Dec. 1934 .

Author:

Huw Williams, (1922-2002), Bangor / Prestatyn

Published date: 2001