Death of an ENO tenor, 83

Death of an ENO tenor, 83


norman lebrecht

April 18, 2020

The veteran English tenor Kenneth Woollam has died, aged 83.

He was principal tenor at English National Opera for 12 years from 1972 to 1984, after making an outstanding debut as Pierre Bezukhov in War and Peace, a role he went on to sing at the Met.

with Felicity Palmer





  • John Rook says:

    I remember him from the 1980’s. He was an occasional guest in Koblenz when James Lockhart was GMD there, singing Steva in Jenufa among other roles. Another nail in the coffin of a previous generation.

  • pjl says:

    a wonderful and powerful tenor; I remember an APOSTLES, RFH Rozhdestvensky, I think, where at the loudest climax his top note soared over a massive choir and orchestra. And in Guildford with Tod Handley his ‘take me away’ in Gerontius was overwhelming. RIP

  • Denis O'leary says:

    A very very nice man. I have just found out. Condolences to Pheobe and Family.