Tuesday, May 9, 2017


The part of Alan Yentob in the forthcoming musical at the Donmar will be played by 60-year-old opera singer Omar Ebrahim. Omar is a baritone, which might disappoint fans who hoped that Alan might be interpreted by a tenor or indeed, a counter-tenor.

Born in the Rotherham suburb of Greasbrough, he began singing as a chorister at Coventry Cathedral and went on to study voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

He served his performing apprenticeship at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Glyndebourne. He's made something of a specialism of new music, with roles in pieces by Berio, Birtwistle, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman and Frank Zappa.

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