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
Berlioz: The Damnation Of Faust / Ozawa, Mathis, Burrows, Mcintyre
Release Date: 03/10/2015   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186212   Number of Discs: 2
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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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    Debussy: Pelléas Et Mélisande / Pierre Boulez
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47265 Release Date: 12/13/1991   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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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
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Vorspiel
"Weia! Waga! Woge du Welle!"
"Garstig glatter glitschriger Glimmer!"
"Wallala! Lalaleia! Leialalei!"
"Lugt, Schwestern! Die Weckerin lacht in den Grund"
"Der Welt Erbe Gewänn' ich zu eigen durch dich?"
Orchesterzwischenspiel
"Wotan! Gemahl! Erwache!"
"Nur Wonne schafft dir, was mich erschreckt?"
"Sanft schloß Schlaf dein Aug'"
"Zu mir, Freia!"
"Endlich, Loge!"
"Immer ist Undank Loges Lohn!"
"Taugte Wohl des goldnen Tandes"
"Hör', Wotan, der Harrenden Wort!"
"Jetzt fand ich's"
Verwandlungsmusik
"Hehe! hehe! hieher! hieher! Tückischer Zwerg!"
"Wer hälfe mir?"
"Mit eurem Gefrage"
"Was wollt ihr hier?"
"Habt acht! Habt acht!"
"Riesen-Wurm winde sich ringelnd!"
Verwandlungsmusik
"Da, Vetter, sitze du fest!"
"Wohlan, die Nibelungen rief ich mir nah"
"Zu deiner Lösung mußt du ihn lassen"
"Bin ich nun frei?"
"Lauschtest du seinem Liebesgruß?"
"Halt! Nicht sie berührt!"
"Nicht so leicht und locker gefügt!"
"Freia, die schöne, schau' ich nicht mehr"
"Weiche, Wotan, weiche!"
"Hört, ihr Riesen!"
"Furchtbar nun erfind' ich des Fluches Kraft!"
"Schwüles Gedünst schwebt in der Luft"
"Zur Burg führt die Brücke"
"Rheingold! Rheingold! Reines Gold!"
Orchestervorspiel
"Wes Herd dies auch sei, hier muß ich rasten"
"Kühlende Labung gab mir der Quell"
"Müd am Herd fand ich den Mann"
"Friedmund darf ich nicht heißen"
"Aus dem Wald trieb es mich fort"
"Ich weiß ein wildes Geschlecht"
"Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater"
"Der Männer Sippe saß hier im Saal"
"Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond"
"Wehwalt heißt du fürwahr?"
"Nun zäume dein Roß"
"Der alte Sturm, die alte Müh'"
"Heut hast du's erlebt!"
"Was verlangst du?"
Szene 2: "Schlimm, fürcht ich, schloß der Streit"
"Laß ich's verlauten"
"Ein andres ist 's: achte es wohl"
"So sah ich Siegvater nie" - "Raste nun hier; gönne dir Ruh!"
"Hinweg! Hinweg! Flieh die Entweihte!"
"Siegmund! Sieh auf mich!"
"Du sahest der Walküre sehrenden Blick"
"Zauberfest bezähmt ein Schlaf"
"Hojotoho! Heiaha!"
"Schützt mich und helft in höchster Not"
"Nicht sehre dich Sorge um mich"
"Wo ist Brünnhild', wo die Verbrecherin?" - "Hier bin ich, Vater"
"War es so schmählich?"
"Deinen leichten Sinn laß dich denn leiten"
"Du zeugtest ein edles Geschlecht"
"Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind"
"Loge, hör! Lausche hieher!"
Vorspiel
"Zwangvolle Plage!"
"Nun tobst du wieder"
"Vieles lehrtest du, Mime"
"Wo hast du nun, Mime"
"So starb meine Mutter an mir?"
"Das gab mir deine Mutter"
"Heil dir, weiser Schmied!"
"Hier sitz' ich am Herd"
"Viel, Wanderer, weißt du mir"
"Was zu wissen dir frommt"
"Notung heißt ein neidliches Schwert"
"Nach eitlen Fernen forschtest du"
"Verfluchtes Licht"
"Fühltest du nie im finstren Wald"
"Her mit den Stücken"
"Notung! Notung! Neidliches Schwert!"
"Hoho! Hoho! Hohei! Schmiede, mein Hammer, ein hartes Schwert! Hoho! Hahei! Hoho! Hahei! Einst färbte Blut dein falbes Blau"
"Den der Bruder schuf"
Vorspiel
"In Wald und Nacht"
"Durch Vertrages Treuerunen"
"Fafner! Fafner ! Erwache, Wurm!"
"Ich lieg' und besitz' "
"Wir sind zur Stelle!"
"He, du Alter!"
"Daß der mein Vater nicht ist"
"Aber wie sah meine Mutter wohl aus?" (Waldweben)
"Du holdes Vöglein"
"Es schweigt und lauscht"
Siegfrieds Hornruf
"Haha! Da hätte mein Lied!"
"Da lieg, neidischer Kerl" (Kampf mit dem Drachen)
"Zur Kunde taugt kein Toter"
"Wohin schleichst du"
"Willkommen, Siegfried"
"Das sagt' ich doch nicht?"
"Neides Zoll zahlt Notung"
"Hei! Siegfried erschlug nun den schlimmen Zwerg!"
Vorspiel
"Wache, Wala!"
"Stark ruft das Lied"
"Dir Unweisen ruf' ich ins Ohr"
"Dort seh' ich Siegfried nahn"
"Mein Vöglein schwebte mir fort!"
"Kenntest du mich"
Orchesterzwischenspiel
Vorspiel
"Seliger Öde auf wonniger Höh' "
"Das ist kein Mann!"
"Heil dir, Sonne!" (Brünnhildes Erwachen)
"O Siegfried!"
"Dort seh' ich Grane"
"Ewig war ich"