Obituary: ENO Favorite Arthur Davies Dies

By Francisco Salazar

The English National Opera has announced the death of tenor Arthur Davies.

The tenor was well-known with the company particularly for his role as the Duke in Jonathan Miller’s classic production of Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” He would go on to perform the role in five revivals and the ENO’s tour to the U.S.

A favorite of the ENO, Davies made his debut in 1981 singing the role of Pedrillo in Mozart’s “The Abduction of the Seraglio.” and would go on to perform with the company until 1995. Among his roles with the company included Don Ottavio in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Gabrielle Adorno in Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra,” Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” and the title roles of Faust and Werther.

The tenor, who mostly performed in the U.K. was also known for his work at the Welsh National Opera where he made his professional debut in 1972 in Britten’s “Billy Budd.” Other appearances included roles in Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” Bizet’s “Carmen,” Mozart’s “Così fan tutte,” and Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore.”

He also performed at the Royal Opera House, where he debuted in 1976 and was in the world premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s “We Come to the River.”

Outside of the U.K he made debuts at the Bolshoi Theatre, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires, New Orleans Opera, and Leipzig Opera, among others.

Here is his acclaimed Duke in the ENO’s classic “Rigoletto.”