Tudor Davies

November 12, 1892 Cymer - April 2, 1958 Penault, Monmouthshire

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Tudor Davies was born in Cymmer, near Porth, South Wales, on November 12, 1892 in a welsh coalmining family. His father David Davies had a fine voice that he displayed when he was not in the mine. Davies had eleven brothers and sisters, all survived infancy. First Davies worked as a fitter at the mine. He won second prize at the 1913 National Eisteddfod.

As it was now clear what Davies' future should be. musically minded local miners made a collection to support Davies' scholarship st the London Royal College of Music where he studied under Gustave Garcia.

He served as an engineer in the Royal Navy during World War I and returned to his studies in 1919.

Davies made his debut as Tamino at the Old Vic in 1921.

He toured the United States, Canada and Australia (where he shared the stage with Maggie Teyte) and then returned to Britain, where he sang with the British National Opera Company, Sadler's Wells Opera and the Carl Rosa Opera Company. He sang Rodolfo to Nellie Melba's Mimi in La bohème in 1922 at Covent Garden.

He sang a number of leading tenor parts from the Italian, French and German repertoire, such as Lohengrin, Tamino, Florestan, Faust, José and Duca.

He also appeared in English operas such as Dame Ethel Smyth's Fête Galante, and Arthur Benjamin's The Devil Take Her. He created the title role in Ralph Vaughan Williams' opera Hugh the Drover in 1924, excerpts from which he also recorded. (In 1928, he also sang in the United States premiere of the opera, with the Washington National Opera). He created Prince Hal in Gustav Holst's At the Boar's Head in 1925.

In 1928, he also sang Lohengrin in San Francisco.

He sang the title role in Don Carlo in the opera's first performance in England in 1938, and he appeared in the first Sadler's Wells performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden.

He married the soprano Ruth Packer, whom he met while working for ENSA in World War II.

In his later career he was mainly a concert singer, and teacher in Cardiff.

Davies made a number of recordings, including a complete performance of Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and excerpts from Der Ring des Nibelungen (including the Love Duet from Siegfried and the Dawn Duet from Götterdämmerung, both with Florence Austral), and The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, and Vaughan Williams's Hugh the Drover.

He can also be heard in excerpts from Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, recorded live in a performance conducted by the composer at Hereford Cathedral in 1927.

He died on April 2 , 1958 in Penault, Monmouthshire, after surgery for a liver condition.

His repertory included: Rodolfo, Faust, Pinkerton, José, Cavaradossi, Rinuccio, ? (At the boars's Head), ? (Fête Galante) David, Walther, Hugh the Drover, Lohengrin, Ottavio, Tamino, Berendaï, Radames, Manrico, Don Carlo, Florestan, Canio, Hoffmann, ? (The Devil takes Her by Arthur Benjamin), ? (Goldsmith of Toledo), Turiddu, ...
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Tudor Davies sings Cujus animan

Tudor Davies sings Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond

Tudor Davies sings The Saga of King Olaf: And King Olaf heard the cry
In RA Format
I wish to thank Christian Torrent for the recordings (Walküre, Cujus animam) and picture.
Partial Discography

Bb1760-II  Martina: Yes let me like a soldier fall                              E264
Cc4572-II  Don Giovanni: On her contentment                                     D957
Cc4573-II  Don Giovanni: To her I love                                          D957
Cc8774-II  Les contes d'Hoffmann: Legend of Keleinsack                          D1142
Bb6571-I   Die Zauberlöte: O loveliness beyond compare                          E401
Bb6572-IV  Die Zauberflöte: O voice of magic melody                             E401
Cc4923-1   Oberon: Oh, to the glorious sight!                                   D932
Cc4922-II  Der Freischütz: Through the forest                                   D932
Cc3945-II  Esmeralda: O vision entrancing                                       D860
Bb4147-I   The hour (Kahn)                                                      E389
Bb10972-II Do not go my love (Hageman)                                          E504
Cc4921-II  Judas Maccabeus: Sound an alarm                                      D972
           Cujus animan
           Die Walküre: Winterstürme
Hugh the Drover, abridged 1924, on 5 discs with Mary Lewis
Madama Butterfly, almost complete, with Rosin Buckman 	
Die Meistersinger, abridged on 14 discs, with Robert Radford,  Florence Austral	and albert Coates (singing David and Walther)		
Ring with Davies as Siegmund and both Siegfried with Florence Austral and Albert Coates

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