Alfred George Deller(1912-1979), Singer
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Deller was discovered by Tippett singing in Canterbury Cathedral Choir during the Second World War, and is remembered for reviving the Purcellian male counter-tenor voice. During the 1950s he sang in early music concerts at the Aldeburgh Festival; and in 1960, inspired by the unearthly quality of his voice, Britten wrote for him the leading role of Oberon in his opera A Midsummer Night's Dream. Although replaced when the opera was presented at Covent Garden in 1961, Deller sang Oberon for the recording made by Decca in 1966.