NAME CHECK: Tribute to baritone

STARS of the international opera world gathered at St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden in London last Saturday to pay tribute to Sheffield-born baritone Peter Glossop one year after his death in 2008.

The service featured many tributes to the artistry of one of the 20th century's finest baritones. Conductors Robin Stapleton and Bernard Keefe and singers Sir Thomas Allen and Jason Howard recalled working with him and tributes were received from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, La Scala, Milan, and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Messages of remembrance were read out from the Lord Mayor of Sheffield and Lord Harewood, conductors Sir Colin Davis and Sir Charles Mackerras, and singers Stuart Burrows, Montserrat Caball and Kiri te Kanawa.

Tributes were also heard from his first wife, Rotherham-born mezzo-soprano Joyce Blackham, his second wife Michele Walduck and daughters Amber and Rosie Glossop, who organised the service.

Video clips of three of his greatest roles were shown. David Syrus, the head of music at the Royal Opera House, recalled that the most moving performance that he had ever witnessed from Peter was when they collaborated on a song recital given at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.

Peter Glossop sang with the Sadlers Wells Opera Company during the 1950s and, after winning the Sofia International Singing Competition in 1961, was engaged by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, sang there regularly throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

His international career blossomed, with appearances at Barcelona, Milan, Paris and Parma, where he was awarded the highly-esteemed Verdi medal for his interpretation of Rigoletto, and the Salzburg Festival. In the USA he appeared at San Francisco and New York, where he sang for 19 straight seasons at the Metropolitan Opera. He retired to Devon in 1985.

Hero nomination

THE creative director of Sheffield-based digital arts organisation Lovebytes, Jon Harrison, has been nominated in the Talk Talk Digital Heroes Awards for Avatars, an innovative digital arts project which aims to improve digital literacy and nurture the creative talents of young people in Sheffield.

Lovebytes believe winning the award could provide some essential funding and sponsorship for educational projects in 2010 and are urging the public to give their support by voting online for Jon Harrison / Avatars at: WSsgK before October 23.

Avatars was launched as a pilot project with the support of Screen Yorkshire, Arts Council England and Sheffield City Council and involved 90 children, aged seven and eight from Hunters Bar Junior School, to design more than 300 characters which would become the graphic identity for the 2009 Sheffield Children's Festival.

The children learned some of the fundamentals of digital design and computer programming through making computer games, animation and interactive art.

Robeson remembered

COINCIDING with Black History Month, the tour of Call Mr Robeson is coming to the Library Theatre on Saturday, October 23.

Tayo Aluko plays the great American singer Paul Robeson in a musical journey through his remarkable and eventful life, and highlights how his radical activism caused him to be disowned and ignored, even by the leaders and descendants of the civil rights movement. Tickets at 12/ 10 from the Showroom.

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