Alberto Remedios

27 February 1935 Liverpool – 11 June 2016 Sydney

Picture of Alberto and Ramon Remedios
BOTH of the Remedios kids: standing 2nd row, third from right (behind choir leader) is Ramon; second from left top row (tall young man) is Alberto.

Picture of Alberto Remedios

Picture of Alberto Remedios as Siegfried
Remedios was born in Liverpool and began his working life as a docker, but studied singing with Edwin Francis, who also taught Rita Hunter, and then at the Royal College of Music.

He sang a wide variety of roles with the Sadler's Wells Opera – the forerunner of English National Opera – including Alfredo, Faust, Samson, Bacchus and Max.

He is especially remembered for his performances in Wagner, especially as Siegfried in the Glen Byam Shaw production of The Ring, conducted by Reginald Goodall. These performances were recorded in 1973, preserving Remedios' partnerships with Norman Bailey as Wotan and Rita Hunter as Brünnhilde. He was also memorable as Walther von Stolzing in the 1968 Sadler's Wells Mastersingers, also conducted by Reginald Goodall.

Most remarkable of all was the occasion when Remedios, despite a slight chest infection, and due to the illness of another singer, sang the roles of Siegmund, the title role in Siegfried, and also Siegfried in Götterdämmerung, within a complete cycle of the Ring during one week.

Remedios sang the role of Mark in the first recording of Tippett's The midsummer marriage. Remedios performed in many of the world's leading operatic venues, including the Met in New York, Seattle, Frankfurt, San Francisco and Buenos Aires. He retired to Australia in 1999 and died there on 11 June 2016.

His brother Ramon also had a singing career as a tenor; on at least one occasion they were both in some performances by English National Opera of The Mastersingers.

Alberto Remedios sings Die Walküre: Winter storms
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Alberto Remedios sings L'elisir d'amore: Una furtiva lagrima
I wish to thank Daniele Godor for the picture (Alberto & Ramon).
I wish to thank Imogen Norcroft for the recording (Walküre).
I would like to thank Ross Halper for the recording (Elisir).

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