Kenneth Bowen

1 August 1932 Llanelli – 1 September 2018 Cheltenham

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Bowen didn't make too many recordings, and all of them are readily available on Youtube and every other possible channel, so I don't feel like reposting one of them. I'm aware that the following selection is less than representative of Bowen's art, but at least it's really unusual, and relatively rare.
Kenneth Bowen singsLa forza del destino: A buon mercato

Bowen studied voice in Aberystwyth and Cambridge; he sang his first of countless Messiahs in 1954, and became a respected concert and oratorio tenor, singing primarily throughout the UK, but also in the USA, Canada, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore and many European cities.

From 1957, he sang also opera (debut as Tom Rakewell with the New Opera Company at Saddler's Wells in London): primarily contemporary opera (like Albert Herring, or King Priam by Michael Tippett, both at Covent Garden), but also Mozart (Tamino, Belmonte, Don Ottavio for the English and Welsh National Operas as well as for the Glyndebourne Touring Opera). Other than that, he sang on the British radio for 25 years.

After his career, he taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Reference 1: Kutsch & Riemens; reference 2

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