Tomlinson, John (b Oswaldtwistle, 1946). Eng. bass. In Scottish Opera ch. 1968. Opera début 1972, GTO (Colline in La bohème) and Kent Opera ( Leporello in Don Giovanni). Sang Reade in f. Eng. p. of Goehr's Arden Must Die, London 1974 (New Opera Co.). ENO début 1974, then prin. bass ENO 1975–81. CG début 1979; S. Francisco 1983; Opera North 1986; Scottish Opera 1987; Bayreuth 1988 (Wotan in Der Ring); Salzburg Fest. début 1988. Created Green Knight in Gawain, London (CG) 1991. Prod. Oberto for Opera North, 1994. CBE 1997.
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