Widdop, Walter, English tenor; b. Norland, April 19, 1892; d. London, Sept. 6, 1949. He was a student of Dinh Gilly. In 1923 he made his operatic debut as Radames with the British National Opera Co. in Leeds. In 1924 he sang in Siegfried at London’s Covent Garden, returning there as Siegmund (1932) and Tristan (1933; 1937-38). He was also a guest artist in Spain, Holland, and Germany. In addition to his operatic roles, he also was admired as an oratorio singer. The night before he died he sang Lohengrin’s Farewell at a London Promenade concert.
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