The English tenor, Raimund Gilvan (real name: Raymond Cartwright), attended the Tyldesley Secondary School for Boys, where he frequently sang in the comic-operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, and it is from the surnames of these two gentlemen that he has taken his stage name: Gilvan. He received first training as instrumentalist, and was employed during his military service time as musician in a military orchestra, which was stationed in Germany. After his military service he remained in Germany and studied at the College of Music Cologne, where he was trained as a tenor by Ellen Bosenius.
In 1961 Raimund Gilvan made his debut at the State Theatre of Mainz and was engaged there until 1963, when he moved to the National Theatre Mannheim, whose member he remained until 1974. Afterwards he still worked for several years as a guest at this house, dedicating himself now however primarily to the concert – oratorio and Lieder singing.
Later Raimund Gilvan was appointed as a Professor at the College of Music Saarbrücken, however he continued his activity in the concert hall. In the area of the opera he mastered a number of roles of a lyric character, such as Adrasto in Antigone by Traetta, Giocondo in La Pietra del paragone by Rossini, Fenton in Nicolai’s Lustigen Weibern von Windsor, David in Meistersingern, the title role in Palestrina by H. Pfitzner, Capito in Mathis der Maler by Paul Hindemith, Lenski in Eugen Onegin, King Charles VII in Tchaikovsky’s Young Woman of Orléans, and the title role in Der junge Lord by H.W. Henze.
Recordings: Da Camera (Sacred Works), RBM (Romantic Lieder), SASS (Missa Solemnis of L.v. Beethoven, B minor Mass (BWV 232) of J.S. Bach), DAC (Lieder of Hugo Wolf).