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Born Barnsley.

English tenor.

David Fieldsend studied in London at the Guildhall, gaining a scholarship in 1967 and leaving with the Gold Medal.  He worked with Opera Rara and made his acclaimed Wexford Festival debut as Vanya in David Pountney's 1972 production of Kátya Kabanová, repeating the part at the following year's York Festival.

Scottish Opera

He joined Scottish Opera for five seasons, singing over twenty roles in a wide range of styles. During that period he also toured with the company to Germany, Portugal and Poland, appearing as Prologue in The Turn of the Screw and Toni in Elegy for Young Lovers.


Fieldsend sang leading roles with Travelling Opera, Chelsea Opera Group, Cambridge University Opera, Dorset Opera, Buxton Festival Opera and Opera North.

He first appeared at Covent Garden in 1983 in Der Rosenkavalier.

Fieldsend also had a successful career in operetta, singing major roles with the new D'Oyly Carte and Carl Rosa organizations, including Ralph Rackstraw, Nanki-Poo, Colonel Fairfax and Marco Palmieri.

Roles in Scotland

Gaston Vicomte de Letorières, a man about town
Traviata 1973
Traviata 1974
Turn of the Screw 1973
Turn of the Screw 1975
Turn of the Screw 1977
Don Curzio a lawyer
Nozze di Figaro 1973
Nozze di Figaro 1977
Official Registrar
Madam Butterfly 1973
Raoul de St Brioche
Lustige Witwe 1973
Lustige Witwe 1974
Lustige Witwe 1976
Lustige Witwe 1977
Tristan und Isolde 1973
Valletto page in Octavia's household
Incoronazione di Poppea 1973
Toni Reischmann the doctor's son
Elegy for Young Lovers 1974
Elegy for Young Lovers 1975
Monostatos a servant in the Temple
Zauberflöte 1974
Zauberflöte 1974
Zauberflöte 1976
Zauberflöte 1977
Jaquino Rocco's assistant
Fidelio 1974
Animal Seller
Rosenkavalier 1974
Major-domo to Faninal
Rosenkavalier 1974
Evandre leader of the people of Pherae
Alceste 1974
Arturo Lord Arthur Bucklaw
Lucia di Lammermoor 1974
Rosenkavalier 1974
Scaramuccio a comedian
Ariadne on Naxos 1975
Ariadne on Naxos 1976
Ariadne on Naxos 1977
Count Almaviva a young nobleman
Barbiere di Siviglia 1975
Prince Guidon son of Dodon
Golden Cockerel 1975
Golden Cockerel 1977
Blind Eisenstein's lawyer
Fledermaus 1975
Fledermaus 1976
Augustin Moser a tailor
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1976
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1977
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1983
Bardolfo Bardolph, a follower of Falstaff
Falstaff 1976
Falstaff 1977
George Colwan Dalcastle's elder son and the Sinner's brother
Confessions of a Justified Sinner 1976
Nanki-Poo the Mikado's son, disguised as a wandering Minstrel
Mikado 1990
Marco Palmieri a Venetian Gondolier
Gondoliers 1991

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