Glossop had world at his feet

PUBLISHED: 10:35 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:25 15 June 2010

On reading of the death of Peter Glossop in the Midweek Herald, I feel I would like to add a few thoughts of my own of that supreme artist. I was introduced to Peter shortly after we came to Seaton, by the then landlord of The White Hart, himself a retir

On reading of the death of Peter Glossop in the Midweek Herald, I feel I would like to add a few thoughts of my own of that supreme artist. I was introduced to Peter shortly after we came to Seaton, by the then landlord of The White Hart, himself a retired opera chorus singer. We used to go there on a Tuesday for that was the day the two of them played golf. We knew they were back as soon as we parked, for their voices could be heard above the passing traffic.Born in Sheffield, Peter Glossop has been described as a vigorous performer, a true Verdi baritone. In him, Benjamin Britten saw his 'Billy Bud', he was also Von Karajan's 'Iago'. Peter's favourite role, however, was 'Rigoletto', and was well remembered at La Scala for this.When it was announced on Classic FM that a gala was to be held in the Guildhall in Axminster in aid of a much needed swimming pool and that this distinguished baritone would be appearing, I was overjoyed, for though I had heard Peter Glossop sing many times on the radio when I was younger, I'd never seen a performance of his. Peter had appeared for charity several times since his retirement and this was to be his last. What an evening it was, coming on stage to such tremendous applause. I wondered if he was going to be allowed to sing at all. He'd had the world at his feet yet he chose this beautiful corner of England to end his days in. The last time I saw him was in Axminster car park. As I saw him go to the ticket machine I thought "This is wrong, there's no applause". I wanted to shout: "This man has sung at La Scala and Covent Garden!" Doreen Jaggar Scalwell Lane, Seaton


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