Richard Johnson as the Associate in Trial by Jury

Richard Johnson (1959)

[Born Burnley, Lancashire 20 Feb 1930]

After studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow, baritone Richard Duncan Johnson joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company chorus in August 1959.During his time with the Company he understudied several roles and appeared on one occasion as the Associate in Trial by Jury.He left the D'Oyly Carte in December 1959.

Adopting the stage name Richard Duncan, he came to New York, where he met Martyn Green in 1967 and joined the American Savoyards in the summer of that year.He served as principal baritone with the American Savoyards until the Company was disbanded in 1968, appearing as Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore, Major Murgatroyd in Patience, Strephon in Iolanthe, Pish-Tush in The Mikado, and Giuseppe in The Gondoliers.

Now known by his full name of Richard Duncan Johnson, he has since returned to England, appearing frequently in concerts and recitals.While specializing in opera and oratorio, he has also performed in cabaret, on radio and on television.Since settling in East Anglia he has sung with Norfolk Opera Players, Opera da Camera, Claxton Opera, the Octagon Singers, and performed as a soloist in oratorio.

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