GILLIAN KNIGHT was born in Redditch and educated in Birmingham, won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where she spent five years studying and appearing in opera there. While still at the Academy she did free-lance work in concerts and made many appearances on television with the Linden Singers, of which she was a member for some time.
She ended her student days by learning eight G & S roles in eight weeks, joining the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, as a principal, in August, 1959. Miss Knight's first performance in a Gilbert and Sullivan Opera was as Little Buttercup in "H.M.S. Pinafore" when this Opera was recorded with dialogue
She left the company in 1965 and soon afterwards, joined Sadler's Wells Opera with whom her roles included Suzuki in "Madama Butterfly", Berta in "The Barber of Seville", Maddalena in "Rigoletto" and, as a change from the Fairy Queen, the title role in "Iolanthe".
In 1988 she appeared with the New D'Oyly Carte Company, as Dame Carruthers and the Fairy Queen, in certain performances.
Later she became a principal singer at Covent Garden with some fine performances in Wagner's Ring Cycle, amongst others, to her credit
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