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It is with the deepest sadness that I sit at my desk on the 21st August 2013‚ with the most solemn of all duties- announcing the sudden death‚ yesterday‚ of dear old Richard. A favourite client and great friend of longstanding‚ he will be sorely missed by all of us.

Richard was born in 1942‚ in Esher‚ Surrey. His father was a Chartered Accountant and the family were very involved with amateur music throughout Richard’s childhood. As a youngster he was a chorister at the Royal School of Church Music and then became a member of St George’s Singers in Esher. Although surrounded by music throughout his early life‚ he went into the City to train as a Chartered Accountant. However he was very soon “heard” and advised to think seriously about a singing career. This led to his time at the Royal Academy of Music‚ during which period he won the Richard Tauber Award‚ which in turn saw him carrying on with studies in Vienna. The biography below picks up the story from there! He is survived by Rosanne‚ who he married in 1967‚ and their only son Dominic‚ daughter-in-law Roz and grandson Casper. His family meant everything to him and he was never happier than when spending time with them‚ often with so many of we lucky friends and generous quantities of fine red wine‚ in their beautiful house in France (south of Tours). One of my abiding memories of that home was the full size metal statue of Richard‚ made to appear in an ENO production of Orpheus in the Underworld‚ designed by Gerald Scarfe‚ and which stands on guard in the garden. Marvellous!

He was an enormous man (6’7” to be precise) with a personality to match and he leaves an equally massive hole in all our lives. A wonderful raconteur‚ a truly gentle giant- those of us that can consider him our friend are very lucky indeed.

Richard Angas studied in London and Vienna. He worked for many years in Germany and at English National Opera where he was a company principal for fifteen years.

Plans for 2012 and beyond include include Schigolch and Animal Tamer Lulu‚ Parson The Cunning Little Vixen and Old Brahmin Wagner Dream with Welsh National Opera‚ Duke The Merchant of Venice and Le Père Au Monde (Théâtre de la Monnaie)‚ Majordomo / Fouquier-Tinville Andrea Chenier (Bregenz Festival)‚ title role in Shostakovich’s Orango (Philharmonia Orchestra)‚ Old Adam Ruddigore and Swallow Peter Grimes (Opera North)‚ Shadbolt The Yeomen of the Guard (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra‚ Philharmonia Orchestra and RTE Concert Orchestra under John Wilson) and Wagner Dream at the Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Recent engagements include Policeman/General The Portrait (Bregenz Festival and Opera North)‚ Alterer Passagier/Steward The Passenger and Sacristan Tosca (Bregenz)‚ The Mikado and Alcindoro (ENO) Trial by Jury and Gilbert & Sullivan Highlights with the RTE Concert Orchestra.

He has appeared as Pistol Falstaff (Garsington)‚ Doctor Vanessa by Samuel Barber (Lyric Hammersmith)‚ High Priest of Baal Nabucco‚ and the title roles in The Mikado and Don Pasquale (ENO)‚ Jakovlevich The Nose and La Cuisinière L’Amour des Trois Oranges (Netherlands Opera)‚ The Commander From the House of the Dead (Opéra du Rhin‚ Strasbourg)‚ Aga A Greek Passion by Martinu (Bregenz Festival‚ ROH and in Brno)‚ Abbot Curlew River (Trento and Pisa)‚ Kommandant From the House of the Dead (Palermo)‚ Mikado (La Fenice‚ Venice and Reisopera)‚ Angelotti‚ The Bonze and King Aida (Raymond Gubbay/ Royal Albert Hall)‚ Old Arab/Sailor/Nightwatchman Julietta (Opera North‚ Ravenna and Prague)‚ Parson The Cunning Little Vixen (Opera North and Barcelona)‚ Swallow Peter Grimes (Opera North and Zurich)‚ Drebyednyetsov Cheryomushki (Opera North and Bregenz)‚ Water Sprite Rusalka‚ Basilio Barber of Seville‚ Waldner Arabella‚ Cook Love for Three Oranges‚ Tree/Armchair L’enfant et les Sortilleges and Old Adam Ruddigore (Opera North)‚ Pooh-Bah Mikado and Private Willis Iolanthe (Grange Park Opera) and Count Luisa Miller and Dikoj Kat’a Kabanova (Opera Holland Park).

Further roles include Don Alfonso Cosi fan tutte‚ Osmin Die Entführung aus dem Serail‚ Bartolo Figaro Sarastro/Speaker Zauberflöte‚ König Marke Tristan‚ Daland Flying Dutchman‚ König Heinrich Lohengrin‚ Ochs Der Rosenkavalier‚ Pimen Boris Godunov‚ Doctor Wozzeck‚ Kecal The Bartered Bride‚ Mephistopheles Faust‚ Jupiter Orpheus and Arkel Pélleas et Mélisande.