B1468. IAN WALLACE. Promise me you’ll sing MUD [Autobiography]. London, John Calder, 1975. 240pp. Index; Photos; DJ. - 0-7145-3500-1
“Ian Wallace made his operatic début at the Cambridge Theatre in 1946, as Colline in LA BOHÈME. He sang there with established operatic stars such as Mariano Stabile and Margherita Grandi. His other rôles with the company were the Sacristan (TOSCA), Bartolo (THE BARBER OF SEVILLE), Ceprano (RIGOLETTO) and Masetto (DON GIOVANNI). The critic of The Times thought Wallace overplayed the buffo element, both as the Sacristan and Bartolo, but praised his singing.
From 1948 to 1961, Wallace performed regularly at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, making his début as Samuele in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA but soon specialising in basso buffo rôles, notably Bartolo in both THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and THE BARBER OF SEVILLE. By the early 1950s his comic skills were attracting unreserved praise. He added the buffo role of Melitone in LA FORZA DEL DESTINO to his repertoire, but he also played more serious rôles including Mephistopheles in Gounod's FAUST.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron