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Sir Donald McIntyre.

Born Auckland, 22 October 1934.

New Zealand bass-baritone.

Sir Donald McIntyre studied in London at the Guildhall School of Music. He sang Zaccaria with Welsh National Opera in 1959, and other Verdi bass roles at Sadler’s Wells.  He performed regularly with them in the years 1960-67, in a mixed repertory including Mozart.  In 1967 he first appeared at Covent Garden, and returned there in a multitude of roles including Beethoven (Pizarro),  Weber (Ottokar Der Freischütz),   Musorgsky (Shaklovity Khovanschchina),  Bizet (Escamillo),  Strauss (Jokanaan, Orest,  Barak),  and Debussy (Golaud).  His major Wagner roles at the house were  Wotan,  Dutchman,  Kothner,  Kurwenal,  Klingsor,  Amfortas and  Telramund.  With the Royal Opera he also created Heyst in Victory (Bennett 1970), which was taken on tour to Berlin, and sang Prospero in the British premiere of Berio's Un re in ascolta (1989).

He first went to Bayreuth in 1967 and returned every season for many years thereafter, singing  Telramund,  Klingsor,  Dutchman,  Amfortas,  Kurwenal and  Wotan.  He made guest appearances at other major houses which included  Milan,  Hamburg,  New York Met,  Chicago, and  Zurich.  He was one of the leading Wagner bass-baritones of his generation, making many recordings, including  Klingsor and  Wotan conducted by Pierre Boulez live at Bayreuth.  In later years he also sang some of the Wagner bass roles including  Gurnemanz and  Pogner (with Welsh National).

With Scottish Opera he appeared as Varlaam and the Commendatore (both in 1965), returning as  Méphistophélès,  Hunding,  Pizarro,  Wotan (his first assumption of the role in Die Walküre), and  Macbeth. 

He was knighted in 1992.

Roles in Scotland

Biterolf a knight and minnesinger
Tannhäuser 1960
Baron Douphol Violetta's protector, a rival of Alfredo
Traviata 1961
Speaker at the Temple
Zauberflöte 1962
Second Priest
Zauberflöte 1962
Second Armed Man
Zauberflöte 1962
Méphistophélès the devil
Faust 1964
Faust 1966
Commendatore an elderly aristocrat
Don Giovanni 1965
Varlaam an itinerant monk
Boris Godunov 1965
Fliegende Holländer 1965
Fliegende Holländer 1966
Caspar a forester
Freischütz 1965
Hunding husband of Sieglinde
Valkyrie 1966
Don Pizarro prison governor
Fidelio 1970
Wotan father of the Valkyries and Volsungs
Valkyrie 1972
Macbeth a general in King Duncan's army
Macbeth 1977

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