Obituary: Tenor Nigel Douglas Passes at 93

By David Salazar

British tenor Nigel Douglas passed away at the age of 93.

Most famous for creating numerous roles throughout his career, Douglas was born on May 9, 1929 at Torry Hill. He studied in Vienna where his career kicked off in 1959 as Rodolfo in “La Bohème.” He made his debut at the Opernhaus Zürich in 1964 and appeared at such companies as the Vienna Volksoper, Scottish Opera, and Welsh Nation Opera.

He debuted at Glyndebourne in 1995 in a production of “The Makropulos Case” and remained with the company until 2001, performing that same opera across three different seasons.

In sum, he performed over 80 roles throughout his career. He also originated the role of Britten’s “Owen Wingrave” at the Royal Opera House and on BBC.

He was also a frequent broadcaster of musical talks and authored two books, “Legendary Voices” (1992) and “More Legendary Voices” (1994).