Obituary: Bass-Baritone Lynton Black Passes

By Francisco Salazar

English bass-baritone Lynton Black has died.

The singer studied at the Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship from the Countess of Munster and made his professional debut at the Royal Opera House, singing High Priest in “Teseo” in the 1985 English Bach Festival celebrating Handel’s tercentenary.

His Royal Opera debut came in the role of Luther in “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” in 2008 and went on to sing the Notary, Innkeeper in “Manon” and Antonio in “Le Nozze di Figaro.”

In the U.K he went on to sing at the Garsington Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Perth Festival of the Arts, and the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. Internationally he went on to sing at the Paris Opéra, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, La Monnaie, Salzburg Festival, and Bayerische Staatsoper.

At Theater Basel he went on to create the one-man show “Beauty retire… and so to bed, based on the diaries of Samuel Pepys.”

Black left several recordings including “Die Fledermaus” for Sony and “Der Rosenkavalier” for Decca.

Black is featured in his clip of “Der Rosenkavalier” with Jonas Kaufmann