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Richard Brian Fawkes
31 July 1944
|Education||Royal Masonic School for Boys, Bushey|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
Fawkes was educated at the Royal Masonic School, Bushey, then spent eighteen months as an instructor at the Outward Bound School in Kenya with Voluntary Service Overseas. A graduate of the University of Wales Lampeter (BA English Honours), he joined the BBC as a general trainee in 1967.
Leaving the BBC in 1971, he joined a commercials production company before going freelance as an Assistant Director for such people as Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Hugh Hudson, Cliff Owen and Jack Gold. His many film credits as a director include the award-winning Channel 4 series Tom Keating on Painters, Circle Within the Square (which won a prize at the Mesa Festival, Florida) and The Original Three Tenors, a documentary about Caruso, Gigli and Björling presented by Nigel Douglas.
His stage credits include Waltzing in the Clouds (Covent Garden Festival) and A Dog's Life, a one-man show with John Leeson ('the voice of K9’), plus the operas The Yeomen of the Guard (for Opera Holland Park), Faust, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Verbum Nobile by Moniuszko.
He is the author of nine books including a history of Welsh National Opera, Notes From a Low Singer (the autobiography of operatic bass Michael Langdon which he ghosted), The Classical Music Map of Britain and Opera on Film. His History of Opera and History of Classical Music, both for Naxos Audiobooks, won Talkie Awards.
|2010||The Classical Music Map of Britain||Classic FM|
|2002||Opera on Film||International Publishers Marketing|
|1999||The History of Opera||Naxos|
|1997||The History of Classical Music||Naxos|
|1986||Welsh National Opera||Julia MacRae|
|1983||Notes from a Low Singer||Julia MacRae|
|1982||Dion Boucicault: A Biography||Quartet Books|
|1978||Fighting for a laugh: Entertaining the British and American Armed Forces||Macdonald and Jane's|
|1976||Last Corner of Arabia||Quartet Books|