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Born Baltimore, Maryland, 28 January 1933.

Died 23 June 2019.

American bass.

Spiro Malas trained in Baltimore at the Peabody Conservatory, making his debut with the Baltimore Opera in 1959.

He toured Australia in 1965-6 with the Sutherland company that included Luciano Pavarotti,  Alberto Remedios and Joseph Rouleau.

His Covent Garden debut in 1966 was as Sulpice in La fille du Régiment.  The following year he sang Creonte  in the co-production between the Holland and Edinburgh Festivals of Haydn's last opera, billed as Orfeo ed Euridice.   The cast included Sutherland and Gedda in the title roles.

He sang frequently with New York City Opera, repeating Sulpice with Beverly Sills.  He did not work at the Met until 1983, but thereafter sang frequently in character parts.

He later worked on Broadway in a successfull revival of Frank Loesser's Most Happy Fella.

He returned to Scotland to sing the leading role of Frank Maurrant in Street Scene with Scottish Opera.

His recordings include Sulpice (La fille du Régiment) and Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore), both with Sutherland and Pavarotti.  A relay of the Haydn from Edinburgh has also been available.

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