Charles Donald Adams was an English opera singer and actor, best known for his performances in bass-baritone roles of the Savoy operas with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company and his own company, Gilbert and Sullivan for All. Adams began his career with the BBC Repertory Company in 1944. Among other early performances, he was leading man for two years at the Little Theatre, Great Yarmouth. In 1951, he joined the D'Oyly Carte organisation and soon began to play roles, becoming the company's principal bass until 1969. With Thomas Round and Norman Meadmore, he formed the touring company, Gilbert and Sullivan for All, in which he continued to sing bass and bass-baritone roles as well as directing. By the early 1980s, Adams was performing in opera and operetta throughout Britain and abroad, continuing nearly until his death. He recorded many of his roles, particularly his Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire.
About Donald Adams
Best remembered for his roles in such light, comic operas as The Merry Widow, The Cunning Little Vixen, and The Mikado, this 20th-century bass-baritone founded an opera company called Gilbert and Sullivan for All and also frequently performed with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.
Donald Adams Before Fame
During his teenage years, he acted professionally in a BBC Repertory Company theatrical production. Around this time, he studied voice with La Scala opera performer Rodolfo Melle.
Achievement of Donald Adams
He performed many times with the English National Opera, appearing in productions of Don Pasquale, La Boheme, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Donald Adams Family Life
He was born and raised in Bristol, England, where he was educated at the Bristol Cathedral School. In his late sixties, he died in Norwich of a brain tumor.
Associations of Donald Adams
Charles Mackerras of the Welsh National Opera conducted many of Adams' opera recordings.
Information related to Donald Adams
- English basses
- Musicians from Bristol
- Operatic basses
- English opera singers
- 20th-century English singers