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Stuart Burrows
Stuart Burrows is a Welsh operatic tenor. He was born in Cilfynydd, Pontypridd, South Wales on 7 February 1933.

His first major international engagement was at the Athens Festival in Stravinsky's "Oedipus Rex", at the behest of the composer himself and he first performed at the Royal Opera House in 1967.

His performances at all the major Opera Houses have been widely and enthusiastically acclaimed. The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, L'Elisir D'Amore, Manon Lescaut, Eugene Onegin and Manon at the San Francisco Opera; Faust, Madam Butterfly, The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni at the Vienna State Opera; Don Giovanni and Die Entfuhrung at the Paris Opera; Tales of Hoffman and Idomeneo at the Theatre Cologne, Buenos Aires.

Stuart Burrows has recorded for television in many parts of the world including Canada, Ireland, Finland, Belgium, Australia and France, in which he sang the Berlioz Requiem at Notre Dame Cathedral with Leonard Bernstein conducting. A television series of six programmes was transmitted on BBC 2, and received immediate and overwhelming acclaim from the general public; and so was born "Stuart Burrows Sings". It became an annual musical programme for eight years, reaching up to eighteen million viewers per week throughout Great Britain.

He has recorded two series for S4C entitled "Gwlad y Gan" and once again, the response from the public was outstanding.

In 1989 he was awarded an Hon. Fellowship from Trinity College Carmarthen (where he studied to be a school teacher, before he became a professional singer) and in 1992 from the University of Wales Aberystwyth. In 1981 he was awarded an Hon. Doctorate from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

He has sung all over the world but still makes his home in Wales, where he is active in judging singing contests and coaching young singers. An annual rugby tournement between Cilfynydd Primary and Ynysbwl Primary is held in Stuart Burrow's name.

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