Donald McIntyre

Sir Donald McIntyre (born in Auckland, on October 22, 1934) is a celebrated operatic bass-baritone. He made his formal debut as Zaccaria in Nabucco, at the Welsh National Opera, in 1959. He has appeared at Covent Garden (from 1967, debuting as Pizarro in Fidelio), the Bayreuth Festival (from 1967), the Teatro alla Scala, etc. He first sang at the Metropolitan Opera in 1975, as Wotan in Das Rheingold, and was seen at that theatre until 1996.

His discography includes Pelléas et Mélisande (as Golaud, with George Shirley and Elisabeth Söderström, conducted by Pierre Boulez, 1969), Parsifal (as Klingsor, opposite Dame Gwyneth Jones, 1970), Œdipus rex (conducted by Sir Georg Solti, with Sir Peter Pears, 1976), and Parsifal (as Gurnemanz, led by Sir Reginald Goodall, 1984).

A major accomplishment was his Wotan at Bayreuth, which was recorded and filmed, conducted by Boulez and directed by Patrice Chéreau (1979-80). Also on DVD are Sir Donald's performances of Der Fliegende Holländer (conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch, 1974), Elektra (as Orest, with Birgit Nilsson conducted by James Levine, in Herbert Graf's production, 1980), Die Meistersinger (conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, c.1990), and Arabella (with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, 1994).

Sir Donald has a street named after him in Newtown, Wellington.


  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera, by John Warrack & Ewan West, Oxford University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-19-280028-0

External links

  • YouTube: Sir Donald McIntyre in an excerpt from Die Walküre, with Dame Gwyneth Jones (1980).

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