Arthur Carron: Swindon opera star honoured with blue plaque – Swindon Advertiser

HIS voice echoed around stadiums in London and New York – and now his Swindon home has become part of our country’s history.

Swindon Heritage  unveiled its 12th  plaque on Saturday at the Bath Road residence where Arthur Carron grew up.

His 80-year-old son Byron did the honours after giving a short speech about the international tenor’s eventful life.

Swindon Advertiser: A crowd gathers to watch the blue plaque unveiling for Arthur Carron A crowd gathers to watch the blue plaque unveiling for Arthur Carron (Image: Dave Cox)

Born in December 1900 in Milton Road and originally known as Arthur Franklin Cox, he was educated at Sanford Street and the town’s college.

He sang in the choir at the particular Central Methodist Church, where  a clergyman heard him sing plus suggested he take professional lessons within the capital.

This individual made his operatic debut at the Old Vic as  Tannhäuser  in 1929.  

Arthur  has been a founding member of the homegrown musical theatre company SALOS (Swindon Light Operatic Society)  and used to host meetings and auditions in the house.

Swindon Advertiser: Byron Carron unveils the blue plaque commemorating his father Arthur. Byron Carron unveils the glowing blue plaque commemorating his father Arthur. (Image: Dave Cox)

In 1931, this individual became the Old Vic company’s leading tenor when it moved to  Sadler’s Wells Theatre.   His roles there  included  Fra Diavolo, Manrico of  Il Trovatore, Radames of  Aida, Cavaradossi of  Tosca, and  Otello.

Arthur  studied under Florence Easton, who was so impressed that she suggested he audition for the  Metropolitan Opera in Brand new York City.

Within 1935, he or she made their debut there  as the first Englishman to sing in the Met, playing Canio in  Pagliacci and taking 15 curtain calls during one performance,   then remained with the opera house  until 1946.

Their biggest concert in Chicago attracted an audience associated with 10, 000 people. Before he retired in 1952, Arthur  spent the last six years of his career at  Covent Garden.   He or she died in 1967.

Arthur Carron’s relatives gathered  to view the moment he  became forever immortalised within Swindon’s history.

Swindon Advertiser: A closer look at the blue plaque for Arthur Carron A closer look at the azure plaque for Arthur Carron (Image: Dave Cox)

After the plaque  unveiling, Byron  told the particular Adver: “He was very keen on football – we always went to games together — and he was a keen gardener, plus had an amazing voice.

“He used to practise in the front room of that house, it was unbelievable.   I heard your pet on the Fulfilled and Covent Garden.

“He sang at Alexandra Palace throughout the beginning of the BBC and his voice had been so strong, it broke some of the microphones, he didn’t need one.

“He was a seventh child of a seventh child, which is something special.

“I hope this back plate encourages other people to get involved in opera, I think many people could end upward performing professionally. “

Listen to Arthur perform in 1943: