Brecknock, John, English tenor; b. Long Eaton, Nov. 29, 1937. He studied with Frederic Sharp and Dennis Dowling at the Birmingham School of Music. In 1967 he made his debut as Alfred in Die Fledermaus at the Sadler’s Wells Opera in London, and continued to sing with fine success; also appeared at the Glynde-bourne Festival (1971) and at London’s Covent Garden (debut as Fenton, 1974). On March 23, 1977, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Tamino. He also appeared in various European operatic centers. Although best known for such roles as Mozart’s Belmonte and Ottavio, Rossini’s Count Almaviva and Comte Ory, and Verdi’s Duke of Mantua, he also sang in contemporary roles.
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