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Keel Watson, larger-than-life bass-baritone equally at home in Wagner and Gilbert and Sullivan – obituary

  • Keel Watson, who has died suddenly aged 59, was an imposing bass-baritone with a big voice and a bigger personality; last month he played the spluttering soldier Private Willis, complete with red coat and bearskin, in English National Opera’s crowd-pleasing Iolanthe, while 18 months ago he was a grisly and spine-tingling Commendatore in Scottish Opera’s magnificent Don Giovanni.

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