Lawton, Jeffrey, English tenor; b. Oldham, 1939. He studied with Elsie Thurston at the Royal Manchester Coll. of Music (1954–58) and with Patrick McGuigan. In 1974 he sang Don Alvaro with the Manchester Opera Co. His professional operatic debut followed in 1981 as Florestan with the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, where he sang Siegfried in its Ring cycle in 1985. His other roles there included those by Berlioz, Strauss, and Janáček. In 1986 he made his first appearance at London’s Covent Garden as Siegfried, and returned there as Tristan in 1993. Following engagements in Paris and Brussels as Otello in 1987, he sang Siegmund in Cologne in 1988, returning there as Siegfried in 1989. In the latter year, he portrayed Edmund in Reimann’s Lear at the English National Opera in London. He sang Shuisky in Boris Godunov at Opera North in Leeds and Strauss’s Herod at the London Promenade Concerts in 1993. In 1996 he created the role of Pedro in the premiere of MacMillan’s Ines de Castro in Edinburgh. He also sang widely as a concert artist in Europe.
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