Richard Bignall dead and obituary, cause of death

Born in London, Richard Bignall completed a postgraduate degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the guidance of John Evans, graduating with first class honours in 2016.

Recent opera roles include “MacDuff” Macbeth (Jerwood Opera, Glyndebourne; Linbury Theatre, ROH), “The Servant” Cinderella and “Une Bête” L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Glyndebourne) Festival Opera), “Demetrius” Enchanted Island (British Youth Opera), covers of “Flute” A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Scaramuccio” Ariadne Auf Naxos and “Delmiro” Hipermestra (all Glyndebourne Festival Operas) , Diener 6 and Cover of Italian Tenor Capriccio, Dr. Caius Falstaff (Gassington Opera) and World Premiere at The Tale of Januarie (GSMD)

The concert experience includes a semi-chorus of “Romeo and Juliet” for Berlioz with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev, at the South Bank’s “Romeo and Juliet” A rare performance of Cardew’s Ode Machines at The Rest is Noise festival, world premieres of Noel Merton-Wood’s recently discovered songs and recitals at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and South Hill Park. He has also performed in master classes with Neil Schicoff, Sarah Walker, Toby Spence, Mary Dunleavy and Neil Jenkins.

Oratorio experiences include Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb”, Bach’s “Ode to Magnificence”, Handel’s “Israel of Egypt”, Dixit Dominus and the Messiah, Charpentier’s “Dum” , Schubert’s Mass in G major, Haydn’s Nelson’s Imperial Mass, Mendelssohn’s Lauda Zion, and Jonathan Miller’s Chorus The Passion of St. Matthew at the National Theatre. Richard has also sung several times on BBC Radio 3’s BBC Proms and was the winner of the 2014/15 Guildhall English Song Award.

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