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Obituary: Alberto Remedios

Alberto Remedios (left) Alberto Remedios (left)

No British tenor laid so indisputable a claim to ownership of one of Wagner’s most charismatic characters so memorably and securely as Alberto Remedios. In a career spanning more than 40 years, the one-time Liverpool dock worker became indelibly associated with Siegfried, the ill-fated mortal lover of the Valkyrie Brunnhilde, and was hailed as one of the great lyric heldentenors of his age.

He made his debut in 1957 as Tinca (Tabarro) with Sadler’s Wells Opera, with whom he went on to enjoy a long relationship while also forging an international career despite lifelong problems with reading music, learning German and remembering his words in performance.

Notable successes included a 1965 tour of Australia with Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland at the diva’s personal invitation, Mark in Covent Garden’s 1968 revival of Michael Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage and an admired Peter Grimes in Buenos Aires (1979). In 1969, he sang Aeneas in the first English-language production of Berlioz’s The Trojans with Scottish Opera, following it with English National Opera’s historic 1970s staging of Wagner’s The Ring conducted by Reginald Goodall.

Other Wagner roles included Siegmund, Tristan, Walther and Lohengrin, and he was also noted for his forays into French opera and Verdi, singing Don Carlos in San Francisco in 1973 and Otello for Welsh National Opera in 1975. 

Alberto Telisforo Remedios was born on February 27, 1935 and appointed a CBE in 1981. He retired to Australia in 1999, where he died on June 11, aged 81.

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