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Richard Lloyd Morgan was appointed Chaplain of King’s College, Cambridge in September 2003. He comes to the College after 25 years as a concert and opera singer.
Richard Lloyd Morgan has performed as a concert artist in many countries. He made his major European debut in Berlin in 1987 as Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, and returned subsequently to sing several roles, most notably Mittenhofer in Henze’s Elegy For Young Lovers and William in Philip Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher.
In 1989 he sang the title role in Nabucco for the Chelsea Opera Group, and was then invited to sing for several major European houses, including Glyndebourne, Opera North, Scottish Opera, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for whom he made his debut as Yamadori in Madam Butterfly in 1992. He has also performed at festivals world-wide, including Hong Kong, Athens, Wexford, and twice at the Maggio Musicale in Florence.
He completed a highly successful concert tour of Japan in 1992, singing with the Tokyo Philharmonic, and performed recitals of Die Schöne Müllerin in the Gulf States, Nairobi and Cape Town, as well as in the UK. In 1995 he visited Argentina, Spain and Finland with Trevor Pinnock singing in a production of King Arthur and in 2000 he toured Borneo with recitals of English and American songs.
At La Monnaie in Brussels he has sung a Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo with Sir Antonio Pappano, and Ceprano in Rigoletto under Vladimir Jurowski.
At the Royal Opera House he sang Ping in their production of Turandot and Konrad Nachtigall in Die Meistersinger under Bernard Haitink.
For Scottish Opera he has sung the roles of Abimelech in Samson and Delilah, Baron Douphol in La Traviata. For Scottish Opera Go Round, he sang the title role in Don Pasquale and the Father in Hansel and Gretel. His Amsterdam debut was with De Netherlandse Opera in Pierre Audi’s astonishing production of Vivier’s Kopernikus, a work that breaks many operatic moulds.
In January 2002 he sang the title role in Peter Maxwell-Davies’ latest opera, Mr Emmet Takes a Walk performances that earned him rich praise from the composer and critics alike. In the same year he sang Germont Père in La Traviata for Holland Park Opera and returned in 2003 as Le Bailli in Werther.
Since arriving at King’s he has taken part in many concerts – e.g. recitals of Winterreise, Die Schöne Müllerin and Schwanengesang - and in the musical life of the College generally, and, although there is no longer the time to work in the world of opera, he considers himself exceedingly fortunate to be situated in a place with such a high musical profile and for all the opportunities that this offers.