English baritone Derek Hammond-Stroud has passed away at the age of 86. Stroud was known for his interpretations of Gilbert and Sullivan’s work and his nuanced acting that was exhibited in roles including Alberich in Wagner’s Der Ring.
“Hammond-Stroud was born in London and studied at Trinity College of Music in London and, abroad, with two of the great Lieder singers, Elena Gerhardt and Gerhard Hüsch. He made his debut in 1955 in a concert performance of Haydn’s Orfeo ed Euridice, making his stage debut in 1957 at Publio in La Clemenza di Tito.
He joined the Sadler’s Wells company where his roles included Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Dr Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Melitone (Rigoletto) and also started to make a name as a superb actor-singer in G&S: he was outstanding as Ko-Ko in The Mikado. His crystal-clear diction and vivid acting skills (both verbal and visual) that shone in G&S set him in good stead for characters by Wagner and Strauss. He was a Proms regular, appearing over 30 times in the 20-year period from 1968.”