The American bass, Herbert (Wilson) Beattie, studied voice with John Wilcox at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and with Dick Marzolo in New York. He also studied at Colorado College (B.A., 1948), Westminster Choir College (M.M., 1950), and the Salzburg Mozarteum (1955).
In October 1957 Herbert Beattie made his debut at the New York City Opera as Baron Douphol in La Traviata, where he sang regularly until 1972 and again from 1980 to 1984. He also sang opera in other cities in the USA and Europe, and toured as a concert artist.
Herbert Beattie taught at Syracuse University (1950-1952), Pennsylvania State University (1952-1953), the University of Buffalo (1953-1958), and the Hofstra University (1959-1982).
Among Herbert Beattie's best roles were Mozartís Osmin, Sarastro, Leporello, and Don Alfonso, and Rossiniís Dr. Bartolo and Mustafà. He also sang in many contemporary operas.