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DAVID LLOYD

LLOYD--David, Tenor. Concert, Opera, Oratorio Artist; Educator, Director, Impresario, Mentor. David Lloyd was a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. After serving as a Naval pilot in the South Pacific during WW II he began his career in music. A Koussevitsky protege at Tanglewood with Goldovsky, Caldwell and Bernstein, Koussevitsky chose him for the 1948 BEETHOVEN 9th at Tanglewood. He was Benjamin Britten's choice to play the title role in ALBERT HERRING for the 1949 U.S. Premiere. He was a leading tenor at New York City Opera from 1950-1958, 1965, and 1976, and made numerous appearances in televised opera with NBC Opera and Omnibus. His career included performances with major American musical organizations - symphony orchestras, festivals, opera companies, oratorio societies and recital series. In Europe he was well known at the festivals in Prades, Athens, Glyndebourne and Edinburgh. No less than seven labels identify the discs on which he can be heard - RCA Victor, Vanguard, Boston, Unicorn, Mercury, and the Book of the Month Club. As an educator he held faculty and administrative positions with the State University of Iowa and West Virginia University in vocal instruction, Hunter College CCNY as director of the Hunter College Opera Workshop, at the University of Illinois Krannert Center, Director of Opera, and the Juilliard School of Music as Director of the American Opera Center. Perhaps his most enduring contribution to opera was as General Director of the Lake George Opera Festival from 1962-1980. He promoted opera in English and the development of young singer/ actors. He started the first Apprentice Artist Program at the same time as John Crosby of the Santa Fe Opera, produced world premieres of American works, and began the Contemporary American Opera Studio (CAOS) featuring new American operas with Lake George artists and composers while fostering the careers of young performers and musicians. Following his retirement from Juilliard he served as Director of the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation, continuing his commitment to developing and funding the careers of young artists. He also served on the board of the American Guild of Musical Artists as a lifetime member. He is predeceased by his first wife, Marie Shefeluk Lloyd, and a son, composer Timothy Cameron Lloyd. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Wilson Lloyd, his son and daughter-in-law, David Thomas Lloyd and Theresa Treadway Lloyd, and a grandson, David Van Lloyd. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Donations in his name may be made to AGMA Relief Fund or the International Essential Tremor Foundation.


Published in The New York Times on Feb. 17, 2013
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