Stuart Burrows

Biography

Born: February 7, 1933; Cilfynydd, Wales  
Though his voice sometimes lacked individuality, Stuart Burrows was in many ways an ideal Mozart and French lyric tenor, flexible and with a seemingly seamless technique. He was also scrupulous musician, known for saying that a role can be memorized but never fully learned, that there is always more to add and rethink. While he occasionally and carefully sang some heavier roles, such as Lensky in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Alfredo in Verdi's La Read more traviata, Gounod's Faust, and even the title role in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, he never, as many of his predecessors and successors did, forced and harmed his voice by choosing the wrong repertoire.

His only formal music schooling ended when he was 12, and though he continued to sing informally he began his career as a schoolteacher. However, in 1959, he entered for and won the tenor prize at the Royal National Eisteddfod (singing competition), which led to several concert engagements. He did not make his operatic debut until four years later, at the Welsh National Opera, singing the relatively insignificant (though not quite comprimario) role of Ismaele in Verdi's Nabucco. Soon he added more leading roles to his repertoire, including several more lyric Verdi roles. His big break came when he was invited by the composer to sing the title role of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex in Athens, Greece. In 1967, he made his Covent Garden debut as Beppe in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, and remained with that company for 22 seasons. He made both his Vienna State Opera and Salzburg Festival debuts in 1970, as Tamino in Mozart's The Magic Flute and as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, respectively, following up this double-header with his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1971 (again as Ottavio). Burrows was the first singer from the United Kingdom to sing 12 consecutive seasons at that house. His La Scala debut was in 1978 in Berlioz's La damnation de Faust. He was also a favorite on BBC television, where he made an annual Stuart Burrows Sings program. He performed himself and joined with guest artists, in opera, songs, folk music, and musical theater; the program ran for eight years. Read less
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  • 1.
    Solti Conducts The Mozart Operas [15-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001745402 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Arthur Davies,  Gabriel Bacquier,  Pilar Lorengar  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  London Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Icon - Eugen Jochum
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64004 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Claes H. Ahnsjö,  Roland Hermann,  Helen Donath  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Weikl, Kubiak, Solti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001727402 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Stuart Burrows,  Teresa Kubiak,  Julia Hamari,  Bernd Weikl  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Lelio / Pierre Boulez
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64103 Release Date: 01/03/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Jean-Louis Barrault,  John Mitchinson,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Stuart Burrows  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte / Davis, Burrows, Allen, Van Allan, Te Kanawa, Baltsa
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9005 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Richard Van Allan,  Thomas Allen,  Stuart Burrows  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Solti, Price, Sass, Burrows, Weikl
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 425169 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Bernd Weikl,  Margaret Price,  Sylvia Sass,  Stuart Burrows  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Opera Chorus
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    Donizetti: Maria Stuarda / Beverly Sills
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93963 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Christian Du Plessis,  Eileen Farrell,  Stuart Burrows,  Beverly Sills  ... 
    Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Complete Mozart Edition 12 - Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Etc
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000586002 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Moser,  Lucia Popp,  Edith Mathis,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager,  Jörg-Peter Weigle,  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (
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    The Royal Edition - Berlioz: Requiem, Etc / Bernstein
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47526 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Jennie Tourel,  Stuart Burrows
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  French National Radio Chorus,  ORTF National Orchestra
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    Mozart: The Complete Operas [44-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001305102 Release Date: 08/04/2009   Number of Discs: 44
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Douglas Johnson,  Peter Schreier,  Inga Nielsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier,  Sir Colin Davis,  Uwe Christian Harrer,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Brilliant Opera Collection - Donizetti: Anna Bolena / Rudel, Sills, Plishka, Et Al
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93924 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Robert Tear,  Paul Plishka,  Robert Lloyd,  Stuart Burrows  ... 
    Conductor:  Julius Rudel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
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    Mozart Gala - Famous Arias
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458233 Release Date: 06/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martti Talvela,  Teresa Berganza,  Geraint Evans,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  John Pritchard,  Bryan Balkwill,  István Kertész  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Ave Maria
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 421029 Release Date: 01/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Peter White,  Felicity Palmer,  Erna Spoorenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  George Guest,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Wyn Morris  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Wren Orchestra  ... 
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    Classic Opera - Mozart, Haydn, Gluck
    Label: London/Decca Opera Gala Series   Catalog: 421329 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Marilyn Horne,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Brigitte Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Great Opera Houses
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 452913 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Alexei Maslennikov,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Stuart Burrows,  Bernd Weikl  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Georg Solti,  Rafael Kubelik,  Charles Dutoit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Sir Georg Solti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414568 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hans Sotin,  René Kollo,  Renate Holm,  Hetty Plümacher  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Berlioz: The Damnation Of Faust / Ozawa, Mathis, Burrows
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 423907 Release Date: 07/09/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Donald McIntyre,  Thomas Paul,  Stuart Burrows,  Edith Mathis
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Symphony No 9, Fidelio Overture / Jochum
    Label: Emi Classics Studio Plus   Catalog: 64633 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Stuart Burrows,  Robert Holl,  Julia Hamari,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage / Davis, Herincx, Et Al
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 2217 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Michael Tippett
    Performer:  Elisabeth Bainbridge,  Alberto Remedios,  Stuart Burrows,  Elizabeth Harwood  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Hoddinott: Dives And Lazarus, Viola Concertino, Etc
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 332 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alun Hoddinott
    Performer:  Jill Gomez,  Stuart Burrows,  Csaba Erdélyi,  Felicity Palmer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves,  David Atherton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Beverly Sills And Friends
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000733002 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Douglas Moore,  Antonio Caldara,  Jacques Offenbach,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Cassel,  Frances Bible,  Beverly Sills,  Charles Wadsworth  ... 
    Conductor:  Emerson Buckley,  Julius Rudel,  Aldo Ceccato,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York City Opera Orchestra,  Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    Bernstein In Paris - Berlioz: Reqiuem
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 1354 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Stuart Burrows
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio France Chorus,  French National Orchestra
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    Complete Mozart Edition 15 - Late Italian Operas
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000586302 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria Casula,  David Lennox,  Christina Clarke,  Paul Hudson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Chorus,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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    Complete Mozart Edition 16 - German Operas
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000586202 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Georg Nigl,  David Busch,  Dominik Orieschnig,  Walter Wurdlinger  ... 
    Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,  Bernhard Klee,  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  North German Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Mozart: Arias
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 4757168 Release Date: 01/02/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stuart Burrows
    Conductor:  John Pritchard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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