Surrey-born and Cambridge-educated Howlett was a principal baritone with Sadler’s Wells (ENO) singing roles from, for example, Puccini, Verdi, Offenbach (La Belle Helene) and Wagner. He had a good record in tackling more modern repertoire: Tippett (Midsummer Marriage), Gordon Crosse (The Story of Vasco) and Britten (Curlew River). In Britain he also sang, notably, at Covent Garden and Glyndebourne. Latterly he taught at the GSMD and became Head of Vocal Studies at the RNCM in 1992.
– Philip L. Scowcroft