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Thomas Hemsley

voc, b, 1927-2013 GB, Coalville
Singer of Classical
A.k.a. Thomas Jeffrey Hemsley

Thomas Jeffrey Hemsley, CBE (12 April 1927 – 11 April 2013) was an English baritone.Hemsley was born in Coalville, Leicestershire, and attended Ashby de la Zouch Grammar School. He took a degree in natural sciences from Brasenose College, Oxford. He moved to London and became a pupil of Lucie Manén, and also served as a Vicar Choral at St Paul's Cathedral. He made his debut in 1951 as Aeneas in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Mermaid Theatre, London, alongside Kirsten Flagstad as Dido. The pair recorded the opera for EMI the same year. He debuted at Glyndebourne in 1953. He was principal baritone at the Aachen Opera from 1953 to 1956, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein from 1956 to 1963, and the Zürich Opera from 1962 to 1967.

     
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Bass
Genres
  • Classical
  • Soundtrack
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Dido & Aeneas, Z. 626, Act II Scene 1: Prelude for the Witches on Purcell: Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell, Kirsten Flagstad, Geraint Jones & Mermaid Orchestra
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Parte prima, BWV 147: Chorus. "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" on Les splendeurs de la musique sacrée, Vol. 6 by Roger Wagner, Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire & Chorale Roger Wagner
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 1: "Be It On Lion, Bear, Or Wolf, Or Bull" on Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten, Alfred Deller, Elizabeth Harwood, Choirs Of Downside And Emanuel Schools & London Symphony Orchestra
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 1: "Stay, Though Thou Kill Me, Sweet Demetrius" on Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten, Alfred Deller, Elizabeth Harwood, Choirs Of Downside And Emanuel Schools & London Symphony Orchestra
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 2: "Flower Of This Purple Dye" on Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten, Alfred Deller, Elizabeth Harwood, Choirs Of Downside And Emanuel Schools & London Symphony Orchestra
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 2: "Puppet? Why So?" on Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten, Alfred Deller, Elizabeth Harwood, Choirs Of Downside And Emanuel Schools & London Symphony Orchestra
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Parte prima, BWV 147: Recitativo. "Verstockung kann Gewaltige verblenden" on Les splendeurs de la musique sacrée, Vol. 6 by Roger Wagner, Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire & Chorale Roger Wagner
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Parte seconda, BWV 147: Aria. "Ich will von Jesu Wundern singen" on Les splendeurs de la musique sacrée, Vol. 6 by Roger Wagner, Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire & Chorale Roger Wagner
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Act 2: "Up and down, Up and Down" on Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten, Alfred Deller, Elizabeth Harwood, Choirs Of Downside And Emanuel Schools & London Symphony Orchestra
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64 / Act 3: "Helena! Hermi! Demetrius! Lysander!" on Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten, Alfred Deller, Elizabeth Harwood, Choirs Of Downside And Emanuel Schools & London Symphony Orchestra

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Cantata No. 147 and Motet: Jesu, Meine Freude BWV. 227Johann Sebastian Bach, Joan Sutherland, Helen Watts, Wilfred Brown, Thomas Hemsley, Geraint Jones Orchestra And Singers, Geraint Jones2005Album
A Lennox Berkeley Centenary AlbumLennox Berkeley, Dennis Brain, Colin Horsley, Pamela Bowden, John Minchinton, Thomas Hemsley, Ernest Lush2003Compil.
Purcell - The Fairy QueenJennifer Vyvyan, Elsie Morison, Peter Pears, Thomas Hemsley, St. Anthony Singers, The Boyd Neel Orchestra, Anthony Lewis1992Album
SCHÜTZ - Madrigals & CantatasThe Schütz Choir Of London, Roger Norrington, Thomas Hemsley, The Goldsborough Ensemble1982Album
Oedipus RexIgor Stravinsky, Jean Cocteau, Helmut Melchert, Irma Kolassi, Thomas Hemsley, Michael Langdon1981Album
The Knot GardenSir Michael Tippett - Yvonne Minton, Josephine Barstow, Jill Gomez, Thomas Hemsley, Thomas Carey, Robert Tear, Raimund Herincx, Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis1974Album
Die Meistersinger Von NürnbergRichard Wagner / Thomas Stewart / Sándor Kónya / Gundula Janowitz / Thomas Hemsley / Brigitte Fassbaender / Gerhard Unger / Franz Crass / Symphonie-Orchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks / Rafael Kubelik, Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks1967Album
Schubert "Die Winterreise"Thomas Hemsley, Gerald Moore1967Album
Savitri, A Chamber Opera In One Act And Choral Hymns From The Rig Veda ( Third Group )Gustav Holst - English Chamber Orchestra, Purcell Singers Conducted By Imogen Holst With Janet Baker, Thomas Hemsley, Robert Tear1966Album
Kantate BWV 147 „Herz Und Mund Und Tat Und Leben“ / Motette BWV 227 „Jesu Meine Freude“Johann Sebastian Bach, Joan Sutherland, Helen Watts, Wilfred Brown, Thomas Hemsley, Geraint Jones Orchestra And Singers, Geraint JonesAlbum
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