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Born Cymmer, 12 November 1892.

Died London, 2 April 1958.

Welsh tenor.

Tudor Davies joined BNOC as a light lyric tenor when its first season began in 1922.  He remained a member of the company until it closed in 1928.  Reviews during those early years reveal him to have been the near-ideal romantic lead in much of the standard repertoire, with a clear, lyrical voice allied to a handsome stage presence and rare acting ability.

While he was always admired as a good actor, it is noticeable that by 1928 when he was beginning to sing more dramatic roles, such as Don José,  Canio and Manrico,  critics were already commenting on the strained sound of his singing (or that the voice was too light, as when he sang Walther von Stolzing).  This continued to be a problem as he took on parts including Turiddu,  Don Carlos and Lohengrin.

His debut at Covent Garden was as a member of BNOC (Rodolfo 1924).  In 1928 he went to the USA,  singing Lohengrin at Philadelphia.

After the demise of BNOC, he worked steadily with Lilian Baylis's company at the Old Vic then at Sadler's Wells (1931-41).  He toured with Carl Rosa (1941-46).

He created four parts with BNOC - Lover Fête galante (Smyth 1923); Title role Hugh the Drover (Vaughan Williams 1924); Prince Hal At the Boar's Head (Holst 1925) and Cornelis The Leper's Flute (Bryson 1926). None of these works survives in the regular repertory, though the first three have all been recorded in recent years and have impressive sections.

Roles in Scotland

Tamino a Prince
Zauberflöte 1922
Zauberflöte 1923
Zauberflöte 1924
Zauberflöte 1928
David apprentice to Sachs
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1922
Lionardo Malaveda's apprentice, in love with Magdalena
Goldsmith of Toledo 1922
Turiddu a young soldier
Cavalleria Rusticana 1922
Cavalleria Rusticana 1944
Don José a corporal of dragoons
Carmen 1922
Carmen 1924
Carmen 1927
Carmen 1928
Rodolfo a poet
Bohème 1922
Bohème 1923
Bohème 1925
Bohème 1926
Bohème 1927
Bohème 1928
Bohème 1941
Bohème 1942
Bohème 1944
Bohème 1945
Faust a learned doctor
Faust 1922
Faust 1923
Faust 1924
Faust 1928
Faust 1942
Louise 1922
King of Fools
Louise 1922
Lieutenant F B Pinkerton U S Navy
Madam Butterfly 1923
Madam Butterfly 1926
Madam Butterfly 1941
Madam Butterfly 1943
Froh god of joy and youth
Rheingold 1923
Mario Cavaradossi a painter
Tosca 1923
Tosca 1925
Tosca 1926
Rinuccio Zita's nephew, aged twenty-four
Gianni Schicchi 1923
Gianni Schicchi 1924
Gianni Schicchi 1925
Gianni Schicchi 1926
Gianni Schicchi 1927
Cassio Otello's lieutenant
Otello 1923
Otello 1925
Fête Galante 1923
Walther von Stolzing a young knight
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1923
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1928
Hugh the Drover
Hugh the Drover 1924
Hugh the Drover 1925
Duke of Mantua
Rigoletto 1925
Rigoletto 1926
Rigoletto 1942
Prince Hal
At the Boar's Head 1925
Cornelis van Breda owner of Oranjizicht
Leper's Flute 1926
Hoffmann a poet
Tales of Hoffmann 1926
Tales of Hoffmann 1944
Tales of Hoffmann 1945
Tales of Hoffmann 1946
Roméo a Montague
Romeo and Juliet 1926
Canio leader of the players
Pagliacci 1927
Lohengrin a knight
Lohengrin 1928
Gabriel von Eisenstein
Fledermaus 1941
Count Almaviva a young nobleman
Barbiere di Siviglia 1942
Barbiere di Siviglia 1943
Manrico a chieftain under the Prince of Biscay
Trovatore 1943
Trovatore 1946
Alfredo Germont Gaston's friend
Traviata 1945
Brother Tom a low friar
John Socman 1952

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