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Norman White Suggest updates

Born Cheshire.

English bass.

Norman White spent twenty years with Scottish Opera, during which he became the first singer to give 1000 performances with the company.

White studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music with Frederick Cox, then with Hans Hotter in Munich.

Joining Scottish Opera in 1967, White went on to appear in over fifty roles. He toured many times with Opera For All as well as with the main company. There can be few parts for a doctor or notary that he did not at some point perform, and must have given dozens of performances as Doctor Grenvil in La traviata alone.

Offstage, he was the first manager of the Friends of Scottish Opera, travelling huge distances to organize support groups around the country.

White also lectured widely on operatic history, using an encyclopaedic knowledge combined with a massive range of rare vintage recordings. Many of these were subsequently transferred and made available on CD.

Roles in Scotland

Krushchov a Boyar
Boris Godunov 1968
Boris Godunov 1974
Dr Crabbe
Peter Grimes 1968
Doctor Grenvil
Traviata 1969
Traviata 1970
Traviata 1971
Traviata 1971
Traviata 1973
Traviata 1974
Traviata 1981
Don Pasquale a wealthy, elderly bachelor
Don Pasquale 1969
Don Pasquale 1970
Don Pasquale 1973
Sir Tristram Mickleford Lady Harriet's cousin
Martha 1969
Martha 1970
Martha 1971
Traviata 1970
Second Armed Man
Zauberflöte 1970
Zauberflöte 1971
Zauberflöte 1974
Zauberflöte 1974
Rosenkavalier 1971
Rosenkavalier 1974
Rosenkavalier 1978
Fafner disguised as a dragon
Siegfried 1971
Don Magnifico Baron of Montefiascone
Cenerentola 1971
Cenerentola 1972
Raimondo Bide the Bent, the Ashtons' chaplain
Lucia di Lammermoor 1971
Lucia di Lammermoor 1972
Simon Glover a glove-maker
Jolie Fille de Perth 1971
Jolie Fille de Perth 1972
Snug a joiner
Midsummer Night's Dream 1972
Midsummer Night's Dream 1973
Midsummer Night's Dream 1976
Midsummer Night's Dream 1979
Midsummer Night's Dream 1980
Midsummer Night's Dream 1982
Pelléas and Mélisande 1972
Pelléas and Mélisande 1973
Pelléas and Mélisande 1975
Pelléas and Mélisande 1978
Pelléas and Mélisande 1979
Pelléas and Mélisande 1972
Pelléas and Mélisande 1973
Pelléas and Mélisande 1975
Pelléas and Mélisande 1978
Pelléas and Mélisande 1979
Priam King of Troy
Trojans 1972
Second Soldier
Trojans 1972
Ghost of Priam
Trojans 1972
Carlo Malatesta's cousin, disguised as a Notary
Don Pasquale 1972
Don Pasquale 1973
Don Pasquale 1976
Don Pasquale 1977
Hobson carrier, constable of The Borough
Peter Grimes 1973
Peter Grimes 1980
Bonze a priest, Cio-Cio-San's uncle
Madam Butterfly 1973
Madam Butterfly 1976
Madam Butterfly 1978
Madam Butterfly 1980
Kromow Counsellor to the Pontevedrian legation
Lustige Witwe 1973
Lustige Witwe 1974
Littore Lictor
Incoronazione di Poppea 1973
Joseph Mauer a mountain guide
Elegy for Young Lovers 1974
Elegy for Young Lovers 1975
Lecca conspirator and senator
Catiline Conspiracy 1974
Catiline Conspiracy 1978
Second Priest
Zauberflöte 1974
Zauberflöte 1974
Thanatos an infernal deity
Alceste 1974
Nikitich a police officer
Boris Godunov 1974
Benoit the students' landlord
Bohème 1974
Bohème 1975
Bohème 1976
Bohème 1979
Bohème 1984
Alcindoro a wealthy follower of Musetta
Bohème 1974
Bohème 1975
Bohème 1976
Bohème 1984
Rosenkavalier 1974
Rosenkavalier 1978
Don Basilio a singing teacher
Barbiere di Siviglia 1974
Barbiere di Siviglia 1975
Montano predecessor of Otello in Cyprus
Otello 1975
Otello 1976
Otello 1977
General Polkan head of Dodon's army
Golden Cockerel 1975
Golden Cockerel 1976
Golden Cockerel 1977
Golden Cockerel 1979
Golden Cockerel 1983
Count Horn a conspirator (Tom)
Masked Ball 1975
Truffaldino a comedian
Ariadne on Naxos 1975
Ariadne on Naxos 1976
Ariadne on Naxos 1977
Hermiston 1975
Enfant et les sortilèges 1975
Hans Foltz a coppersmith
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1976
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1977
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1978
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1983
Commendatore an elderly aristocrat
Don Giovanni 1976
Bartolo a doctor, the Countess's former guardian
Nozze di Figaro 1977
Mayor of the village
Jenůfa 1977
Jenůfa 1978
Jenůfa 1986
Second Prisoner
Fidelio 1977
Pietro leader of the plebeians
Simon Boccanegra 1978
Simon Boccanegra 1979
Tobias Mícha a prosperous peasant farmer
Bartered Bride 1978
Count Ceprano a courtier
Rigoletto 1979
Rigoletto 1980
Rigoletto 1984
Zaretsky a retired officer
Eugene Onegin 1979
Eugene Onegin 1980
Eugene Onegin 1981
Fiddler on the Roof 1979
Fiddler on the Roof 1986
First Workman
Wozzeck 1980
Wozzeck 1983
Sciarrone police officer
Tosca 1980
Tosca 1982
Tosca 1986
Ambrogio Bartolo's servant
Barbiere di Siviglia 1980
Lockit the gaoler
Beggar's Opera 1981
Manon Lescaut 1982
Bronte a Cyclops
Orion 1984
Turandot 1984
Capriccio 1985
Tosca 1985
Foreman at the mill
Jenůfa 1986
From the House of the Dead 1987
From the House of the Dead 1987

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