Jeffrey Cresswell

tenor

Jeffrey began his professional career with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, and worked with English National Opera, Covent Garden, and other companies throughout Britain, amassing a repertoire of over 40 major roles. He sang opera in Kenya, Zimbabwe, and South Africa as principal tenor with the Capab Opera Company in Capetown.

He had many Radio and Television appearances and concert tours to his credit and has been a regular guest artist with Operetta For All, The London Concert Artists, The English Heritage Singers and Much Loved Productions. Jeffrey’s repertoire is wide-ranging from Neapolitan and Italian songs, French and German Lieder to Victorian and modern romantic ballads found in the catalogues of such great singer/entertainers as Mario Lanza, Richard Tauber and Placido Domingo.

Oratorio also loomed large in his list of favorites among which were Handel’s Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Berlioz Grand Messe Des Morts, Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass, Puccini’s Messa Di Gloria, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater, Elgar’s Dream Of Gerontius, Bach’s St John Passion (Tenor Arias), many Bach Cantatas, Masses by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven etc. etc.

Jeffrey created the title role in the Oratorio “Solomon” by William Hayward, also the role of Martin The Cobbler in the Opera “The Visitors” by Donald Swann, and appeared on a new recording of “The Isles Of Greece”, a stage entertainment of Donald Swann’s Greek songs. He has also appeared as the Tenor Piangi in the West End production of “Phantom Of The Opera” and enjoyed a highly successful concert career as one of ‘The Three British Tenors’, which topped the bill at London Savoy Hotel’s Year 2000 Millennium celebrations.

Sadly, Jeff died unexpectedly, in his prime, during 2004.

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