Murray Dickie

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Murray Dickie (1924-1995)was an opera singer and director, musical director amd artistic director.


Born in Bishopton, Scotland, on 3 April 1924, he had his first vocal training in Glasgow. He afterwards studied in Vienna with S. Polmann, in London with Dino Borgioli and in Milan with Guido Farinelli.

Om the years 1947–1955 he established himself as a singer, notably at Covent Garden and Glyndebourne, also appearing at La Scala, the Paris Opera, the Edinburgh, Holland, Salzburg and Bregenz Festivals, the Metropolitan Opera and many other theatres. in 1952 he had joined the Vienna State Opera, where he remained for the rest of his singing career.

Om 1982 he relocated to South Africa to take up a directorial position at the Cape Performing Arts Board's Opera Company. He died in Cape Town on 19 June 1995, aged 71.

Among his awards have been the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class (1975) and an OBE New Year Honours in the same year.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

In 1982 he was appointed Artistic Director of CAPAB Opera and among his productions for them were Otello (with Jon Vickers, 1984)' The Mikado (1985?), Der Rosenkavalier (1986), Der Meistersinger (1987)


Wayne Muller. 2018. A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). Unpublished PhD thesis.

Alexandra Xenia Sabina Mossolow[1]. 2003. The career of South African soprano Nellie du Toit, born 1929. Unpublished Masters thesis. University of Stellenbosch.[2]

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