richard angas

Opera Singer Richard Angas Dies During Rehearsals

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

The bass singer Richard Angas, best known for his frequent appearances in the title role of Jonathan Miller’s much-revived production of The Mikado for English National Opera, has died aged 71.

He collapsed during rehearsals for Peter Grimes with Opera North in Leeds yesterday and died later in hospital.

Following his debut with ENO in 1980, Angas maintained a popular regular presence on the Coliseum stage. He appeared in the original cast of Miller’s Mikado in 1986 and went on to give more than 150 performances in its countless revivals, the most recent in 2012.

Among the many tributes paid to him, Opera North general director Richard Mantle described him as “a gentle giant of the opera world in every possible way.” Former ENO head Peter Jonas hailed him as a “vivid figurehead of the artistic and corporate identity of ENO for over 30 years; he was a great artist, wonderful singer, man of complete integrity and loveable, too.”

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