It is with sadness that  we have to announce the recent death of Mary, the last of David’s siblings, in May 2012.

Mary was 88 years old and was a devoted and life-long supporter of David.

The Official David Hughes Website

His successful musical career cut across 25 years.  His work can be traced through performances in theatre, concert halls, radio, television and operas. His talent was famous for the quality of voice and his superb diction. David is remembered by family, colleagues, friends and fans for his personal qualities as well as his wonderful music. He was an intelligent charming man who inspired those around him.

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What People Say About David Hughes

David played opposite Ginger Rogers in the BBC production of 'Carisima' in the summer of 1959. Here are some press reviews:

“David Hughes was outstanding” - Evening Chronicle, May 1959.

“David Hughes did a splendid job. He was manly, his voice was powerful and clear and he overwhelmed the entire show with his presence.” - The Stage May 1959.

Here is an email from the website:

“It was good to visit the David Hughes website which I came across recently by accident.

My wife and I only have one memory of David in opera, but one we have never forgotten.

Whilst in London we went to a performance Carmen at The Coliseum in 1971, I think it would be, it was a last minute booking and we had no idea of the cast. We remember David in more popular music and had always wanted to see him in opera. That night we were treated a wonderful performance and could not believe our luck that David was in the role of Don Jose, a role which he had truly made his own. That night he sang with such conviction that he held the whole theatre spellbound by his performance, and the performance closed with standing ovations. During the intervals and after the performance we heard comments by many, highly praising his presentation.” Regards, Andrew Dobson


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David Hughes Pop Star to Opera Star



Introducing DAVID HUGHES: David Hughes was a pop idol in the 1950s who became a celebrated opera singer. David was born Geoffrey Paddison on October 11th 1925 in Birmingham and affectionately used his father’s name, David Hughes Paddison, as a stage name. After being demobbed from the RAF in 1947 David began a career in singing. Record contracts and television shows made him a household name by the end of the 1950's. His fans fondly called him Mr. Heart-Throb. He made a brave decision early in the 1960s to switch to singing in operas. The end of the 1960s established David Hughes in the opera world. Amongst his performances were Idomeneo at Glyndebourne, Don Jose in Carmen with the Welsh and English National Opera Companies and in Verdi’s Requiem in Genoa, Italy. In October 1972 David collapsed on stage while performing Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. He revived and went on to complete the performance but died in hospital the following day of a heart attack. Click on the musical notes to hear David sing “None Shall Sleep Tonight”.

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