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Justin Lavender was persuaded by Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten to abandon nuclear engineering for music. He made his international debut in The Pearl Fishers at the Sydney Opera House. In 1990 he made debuts at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, singing the leading role of Arnold in Rossini’s spectacular masterpiece William Tell, and at the Vienna State Opera as Tamino in Mozart’s Magic Flute. His debut at La Scala, Milan, in the title role of Rossini’s Count Ory came the following year.
More recent performances have included the title role in Gounod’s Faust at Covent Garden, Florestan in Beethoven’s Leonore with the Chelsea Opera Group, Don José with the Welsh National Opera, Loge in Wagner’s Das Rheingold for the Latvian National Opera and at Norway’s Bergen Festival, Ruis in Donzetti’s Maria Padilla for Washington Concert Opera, Pollione in Bellini’s Norma for English Touring Opera, and Don José again in the Royal Opera’s co-production with the Taiwan National Symphony.
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