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Opera tragedy: Singer collapses and dies in Peter Grimes rehearsal

Richard Angas, a popular veteran of British opera, collapsed in a rehearsal of Peter Grimes today at Opera North and died soon after in hospital. He was 71.

After a debut with Scottish Opera in 1966, he was in demand for bass roles with almost every UK company until the day of his death. The news has sent a shockwave through the singing community. May his family find comfort in the affection he inspired.


UPDATE: Personal tributes here and here.


pictured in The Mikado (c) Chris Christodoulou/LebrechtMusic&Arts


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  1. I tried to send this via the Contact page on this site — and got an error message, so apologies for posting it here in a place that’s not relevant.

    Jimmy Gibson was a repetiteur at Covent Garden in the 50s and probably later. His cremation is tomorrow. He conducted there occasionally in the age of Rankl and Kubelik and perhaps afterwards. Mozart with Sutherland etc.

    He has had absolutely no mention or obit. I am not even sure why he left CG, or when. He knew Lotte Klemperer well.

    Do you know anything about him? If so, could you let me have a pointer?

    Thank you.

    David Derrick

  2. Tully Potter says:

    Richard Angas was a great character.

  3. Kristi Kille says:

    I am so sorry!!

    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let Perpetual Light Shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    I will post this on my music blog:

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