Donald McIntyre

Biography

Born: October 22, 1934; Auckland, New Zealand  
Sir Donald Conroy McIntyre was one of the noted bass-baritones of the second half of the twentieth century. He was a fine actor with a compelling stage presence and a full, rich voice that made him ideal for heroic baritone parts and one of the favorite Wagner singers of his time.

He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London during the last half of the 1950s and made a notable debut with the Welsh National Opera as
Read more Zaccaria in Verdi's Nabucco. He joined the company of the Sadlers' Wells Opera in 1960, remaining with them until 1967. He developed a wide repertory there, singing over 30 roles including the part of Pennyback Bill in the first fully staged British production of Kurt Weill's Aufstieg und Fall des Stadt Mahagonny in 1963.

His Covent Garden debut was in 1967 as Pizarro in Beethoven's Fidelio, but he made his strongest early impression at Covent Garden that same year as Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Richard Strauss' 1918 opera, which then was finally just beginning to establish itself in the repertory.

By then he had gained a considerable reputation as a beginning Wagnerian singer, and was asked to debut at Bayreuth in 1967 as the Telramund in Lohengrin. In 1973 he became the first British singer (as he was and is generally considered) to sing the role of Wotan in a complete cycle of the Wagner Ring des Nibelung operas at the Bayreuth Festival. He repeated the feat at Covent Garden beginning in 1974 with a Covent Garden Cycle that began that year with Colin Davis conducting, and debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1975, again as Wotan.

In 1976, he starred in the Centennial production of the Ring at Bayreuth in the controversial production conducted by Pierre Boulez. It was videotaped and broadcast around the world, and was the first Ring to become available on home video on VHS tape and on LaserDisc, as well as being released on Philips LPs and compact discs.

McIntyre has appeared in major opera houses, including the Vienna State Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, the Munich State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Sydney Opera House, and La Scala in Milan.

Among his other notable appearances are in the title role of Verdi's Attila, Kaspar in Weber's Der Freischütz, Golaud in Debussy's Pelléas und Mélisande, Amfortas in Wagner's Parsifal, Dutchman and Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger). He was also a notable Shaklovity in Mussorgsky's Khovanschina, the sympathetic Captain Balstrode in Britten's Peter Grimes, Sarastro in The Magic Flute, John the Baptist in Strauss' Salome and Orestes in his Elektra, Escamillo in Carmen, Kurwenal in Tristan, Count des Grieux in Verdi's Traviata, and the arch villains Nick Shadow (Rake's Progress) and Baron Scarpia (Tosca). Many of these portrayals are available on compact disc.

He sang the world premiere performances of the role of Axel Heyst in Richard Rodney Bennett's opera Victory in 1960, and at the British premiere as Prospero in Luciano Berio's Un re in ascolto at Covent Garden in 1989. In 1996 he added the part of Baron Prus in Janacek's The Makropulos Affair at the Met.

He has received many honors. He was made a member of the Order of the British Empire in 1977 and a Commander of the British Empire in 1985. In 1992 Sir Donald MacIntyre was knighted on the New Zealand Honours List. Read less
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    Wagner - The Great Operas [36-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 973359 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 36
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Siv Wennberg,  René Kollo,  Janis Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser,  Otto Klemperer,  Bernard Haitink,  Rudolf Kempe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    30 Years At La Monnaie/De Munt
    Label: Cypress (Canada)   Catalog: 8603 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Catherine Malfitano,  Scot Weir,  Bart Ravache  ... 
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling,  John Pritchard,  Antonio Pappano,  Michael Schoenwandt  ... 
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    The Claude Debussy Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 193179 Release Date: 05/01/2012   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Gervase de Peyer,  Ann Murray,  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Leslie Caron  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Pierre Boulez,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    Debussy: Pelleas Et Melisande / Boulez, Soderstrom, Shirley, Royal Opera House
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7527222 Release Date: 10/04/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  George Shirley,  Donald McIntyre,  David Ward,  Yvonne Minton  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Wagner: Parsifal / Goodall, Ellsworth, Meier, Joll
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48182 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Elizabeth Ritchie,  Margaret Morgan,  Waltraud Meier,  Donald McIntyre  ... 
    Conductor:  Reginald Goodall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus
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    James Levine - Celebrating 40 Years At The Met  [21 DVD Box Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1135701355 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  John Corigliano,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Franz Mazura,  Julia Migenes,  Evelyn Lear,  Kenneth Riegel  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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    Wagner: Parsifal / Goodall, Ellsworth, Meier, Joll
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65665 Release Date: 08/20/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Donald McIntyre,  Waltraud Meier,  Phillip Joll,  Nicholas Folwell  ... 
    Conductor:  Reginald Goodall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Stokowski, London Symphony
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421636 Release Date: 04/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helen Watts,  Heather Harper,  Alexander Young,  Donald McIntyre
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Bernstein - The Mahler Symphonies
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 745369 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Gwenyth Annear,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Erna Spoorenberg,  Anna Reynolds  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony 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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    Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer / McIntyre, Sawallisch
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001099309 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Bengt Rundgren,  Hermann Winkler,  Harald Ek,  Ruth Hesse  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Bavarian State Orchestra
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    Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Kleiber, Bayreuth
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 7039 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Kurt Moll,  Helge Brilioth,  Donald McIntyre,  Yvonne Minton  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex / Solti, Pears, Meyer, Davies
    Label: London/Decca Enterprise   Catalog: 430001 Release Date: 04/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Benjamin Luxon,  Stafford Dean,  Donald McIntyre,  Alec McGowan  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
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    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Boulez, Bayreuther Festspiele
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000725702 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hanna Schwarz,  Peter Hofmann,  Jeanine Altmeyer,  Donald McIntyre  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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    Strauss: Elektra / Nilsson, Rysanek, Levine
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000747509 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Birgit Nilsson,  Leonie Rysanek,  Mignon Dunn,  Donald McIntyre
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    The Making Of Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Boulez, Chéreau, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000488909 Release Date: 08/09/2005  
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Donald McIntyre,  Dame Gwyneth Jones
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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    Wagner:  Die Walküre / Boulez, Hofmann, Jones, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000476209 Release Date: 08/09/2005  
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Donald McIntyre,  Hanna Schwarz,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Peter Hofmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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    Original Masters - Leopold Stokowski Vol 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000394902 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Erich Gruenberg,  Alexander Young,  Donald McIntyre,  Heather Harper  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Royal Philharmonic Chorus,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Handel: Messiah Highlights / Richter, Donath, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000125502 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Stuart Burrows,  Donald McIntyre,  Anna Reynolds,  Helen Donath
    Conductor:  Karl Richter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
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    Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg / Mackerras, McIntyre
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 11/20/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Donald McIntyre,  Paul Frey,  John Pringle,  Helena Doese  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Opera Chorus,  Elizabethan Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Strauss: Arabella / Thielemann, Te Kanawa, Brendel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 073005 Release Date: 06/19/2001  
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Wolfgang Brendel,  Helga Dernesch,  Marie McLaughlin,  David Kuebler  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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    Bernstein Century - Mahler: Symphony No 8, Kindertotenlieder
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 61837 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  John Mitchinson,  Vladimir Ruzdjak,  Donald McIntyre  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Finchley Children's Music Group  ... 
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    Richard Wagner Edition - Siegfried / Pierre Boulez
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434423 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Fritz Hübner,  Manfred Jung,  Donald McIntyre,  Heinz Zednik  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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    Richard Wagner Edition - Das Rheingold / Pierre Boulez
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434421 Release Date: 06/28/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Donald McIntyre,  Hanna Schwarz,  Martin Egel,  Siegfried Jerusalem  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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    Handel: Messiah / Richter, Donath, Reynolds, Burrows, Et Al
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 453028 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Gordon Webb,  Donald McIntyre,  Hedwig Bilgram,  Anna Reynolds  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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