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Richard Angas


We are devastated to confirm that Richard Angas, a much loved and valued artist who has performed over many years with Opera North, was taken ill during rehearsals for Peter Grimes yesterday and died later in hospital.

Richard was a giant of the opera world in every possible way, a performer of great character and charisma, generous hearted and an incredible friend to all who knew and worked with him, he will be sorely missed. The Opera North 'family' has lost a great artist who brought so much pleasure and insight not just to his fellow artists and the opera world at large, but to audiences throughout the UK and abroad.

We are incredibly sad to lose such an esteemed and admired performer, and so suddenly, and we extend our thoughts and deepest condolences to Richard’s wife Rosanne and their family.

Richard Mantle
General Director

What you say

Comment from Elizabeth Carr


Elizabeth Carr said ago

Richard and Rosanne were my first landlord, in Shepherd's Bush, when I arrived in London from Australia in 1972. They were extremely kind to the four girls in the basement flat and took me along to Covent Garden to see my first opera. Richard used to stand on the stone french at the end of the garden and practise. My deepest sympathy to Rosanne and family.

Comment from Simon Kilner


Simon Kilner said ago

We saw Richard Angas in Opera North's production of Ruddigore in Sheffield last year, and he just oozed quality. I'm sure that he'll be greatly missed.

Comment from Mike Wheeler


Mike Wheeler said ago

Sad to hear this - a superb singing actor. I particularly remember his performances in Rusalka and Paradise Moscow.

Comment from Jacqui Miles


Jacqui Miles said ago

So sad to hear this. He was THE Mikado.

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