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Thomas Round

Thomas Round (18 October 1915 – 2 October 2016) was an English opera singer and actor, best known for his performances in the leading tenor roles of the Savoy Operas and grand opera.

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Savoy opera Opera genre

Savoy opera was a style of comic opera that developed in Victorian England in the late 19th century, with W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan as the original and most successful practitioners. The name is derived from the Savoy Theatre, which impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte built to house the Gilbert and Sullivan pieces, and later, those by other composer–librettist teams. The great bulk of the non-G&S Savoy Operas either failed to achieve a foothold in the standard repertory, or have faded over the years, leaving the term "Savoy Opera" as practically synonymous with Gilbert and Sullivan. The Savoy operas were seminal influences on the creation of the modern musical.


Round began working as a joiner and then a police officer. During World War II, he served in the Royal Air Force, training in Texas and later becoming a flight instructor for the United States Army Air Forces, while singing in churches. He sang leading tenor roles in the Gilbert and Sullivan operas for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company from 1946 to 1949. He next spent six years in the 1950s singing opera and operetta with Sadler's Wells Opera. From 1958 to 1964, Round again performed mostly with the D'Oyly Carte company. In 1963, he co-founded a new ensemble, Gilbert and Sullivan for All, with which he toured extensively over the next two decades, singing and serving as one of the company's directors. He also sang in oratorio and concerts, broadcast on radio and television, and is heard on many recordings. Round continued to perform and lecture into his 90s.

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Life and career

Early life and military service

Round was born and raised in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire (now in Cumbria). [1] [2] He was the third of four children of a furnace man at a steel mill. [3] Round began singing as a child in the St Paul's Mission church choir, where he met his future wife, Alice York. [4] On leaving Barrow Technical College at the age of 15, he started working at the mill as an apprentice joiner and competed at some music festivals. [3] [5] In 1936 he joined the police force and was stationed in Lancaster. [6] [4] He found his duties generally dull, although he was posted to guard the house where Dr Buck Ruxton had notoriously killed his wife and housemaid the previous year. [5] During this time, he enjoyed performing with local musical societies. [3] In 1938 he married Alice at St Paul's Church, Barrow, and the couple had one son, Ellis, born in 1942, who became an aeronautical engineer. [3] [7]

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During World War II, Round became a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force and was posted to Canada and then the No. 1 British Flying Training School in Terrell, Texas, serving as a flying instructor for the United States Air Force. [8] He then began his performing career, later recalling, "I was doing a lot of singing every Sunday in churches all over Texas. I had my own plane so I would fly down 300 miles to San Antonio for an 11 a.m. service, I would sing and then I would fly back home in the evening." [6] He also performed on the radio [3] and was offered the chance to appear as a guest in a college production in Dallas, playing Canio in Pagliacci . "It was my first time in any type of production but I loved it." [6] Round was offered a place at a music school in New York, but turned it down to return home to England in 1943. [6] [5]

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D'Oyly Carte and Sadler's Wells years

While still in the RAF, Round auditioned for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company [9] and joined it upon his discharge, in February 1946. He understudied the leading Gilbert and Sullivan tenor roles, appearing occasionally as Nanki-Poo in The Mikado . [10] In September of the same year, he became the company's principal tenor, for the next three years, playing the roles of Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore , Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance , Earl Tolloller in Iolanthe , Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, and Luiz in The Gondoliers . [11]

Gilbert and Sullivan Victorian-era theatrical partnership

Gilbert and Sullivan refers to the Victorian-era theatrical partnership of the dramatist W. S. Gilbert (1836–1911) and the composer Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900) and to the works they jointly created. The two men collaborated on fourteen comic operas between 1871 and 1896, of which H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado are among the best known.

<i>The Mikado</i> Comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan

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<i>H.M.S. Pinafore</i> Comic opera

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Round found the D'Oyly Carte touring schedule gruelling and left company in 1949. [3] [12] He appeared in Emile Littler's musical Waltzes from Vienna, playing the young Johann Strauss, [13] and two ice shows, Rose Marie on Ice (1950) [14] and the London Melody. [3] Next, he sang for six years with Sadler's Wells Opera. He appeared in some comic character parts such as Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro , [15] but generally took the leading romantic tenor roles, including Tamino in The Magic Flute , [16] Jeník in The Bartered Bride , [17] and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni . [18] He played roles in Gianni Schicchi , Lilac Time , Eugene Onegin , [8] and less-frequently staged works including Rimsky Korsakov's The Snow Maiden (Tsar Berendei), [19] Wolf-Ferrari's School for Fathers (Count Riccardo), [20] and John Gardner's adaptation of The Moon and Sixpence . [21]

Emile Littler

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During his Sadler's Wells years, Round undertook guest engagements elsewhere. He created the tenor lead, Nils, in the world premiere of Delius's Irmelin under Sir Thomas Beecham in Oxford in 1953. The critic Eric Blom wrote, "Thomas Round as the hero was particularly good. He should soon make a Siegfried, though perhaps only the young Siegfried to begin with." [22] Also in 1953, he appeared in the film The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan . [8] The following year, he rejoined D'Oyly Carte as a guest artist for a short period, playing Prince Hilarion in a new production of Princess Ida at the Savoy Theatre. [23] In 1955 he and the young Heather Harper played the leads in a televised version of La traviata , [24] which was the first full-length opera ever shown on BBC television. [4] [1] In 1958, he participated in the Royal Variety Performance. [4] [5] Round sang Don Luis in the zarzuela El barberillo de Lavapiés (The Little Barber of Lavapiés, in a version by Geoffrey Dunn) for a BBC radio broadcast in 1954. [25]

Round returned to D'Oyly Carte, on tour in 1958 in Dublin, playing his old roles of Frederic, Nanki-Poo, adding Ralph, and, for the first time, Marco in The Gondoliers, the following season. [26] During the company's summer break in 1958, Round earned more good notices as Count Danilo opposite June Bronhill with Sadler's Wells in The Merry Widow at the London Coliseum. [2] [8] The Musical Times found him "dashingly stylish". [27] The production was made into the first film by a major British opera company of The Merry Widow (1958). [5] The same year, he appeared in the Royal Variety Performance. [28] He also played principal roles in Pagliacci , [29] In 1960 and 1961 he assumed a new role, Colonel Fairfax, in The Yeomen of the Guard , also appearing in that role for the City of London Festival production at the Tower of London in 1962. [1] [30] In 1961, his other new roles were Richard Dauntless in Ruddigore and Cyril in Princess Ida , and he participated in 1962–63 in the company's extensive North American tour. [26] By 1963, Philip Potter had taken over the parts of Frederic and Nanki-Poo, but Round added the role of the Defendant in Trial by Jury and resumed singing Tolloller in Iolanthe. [8] In 1964, he again left the D'Oyly Carte company. He told The Times , "For the first time in my career I am not under contract to anyone, and I find this quite exciting." [31] Round built up a popular following particularly among female members of the D'Oyly Carte and Sadler's Wells audiences. [5]

Gilbert and Sullivan for All

In 1963, Round, together with Norman Meadmore and Donald Adams, founded their own ensemble, Gilbert and Sullivan for All. [8] In 1969, when Adams left D'Oyly Carte, the partners began to tour extensively with this new company in the British Isles, the Far East, Australasia, and North America, including three Hollywood Bowl concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. [8] [32] To enable the company to appear in small venues, Sullivan's orchestrations were adapted and arranged for smaller forces than D'Oyly Carte employed. [5] Other regular members of the ensemble were Valerie Masterson and Gillian Knight. [33] Round sang the roles of Box in Cox and Box , the Defendant in Trial, Ralph in H.M.S. Pinafore, Frederic in Pirates, Tolloller in Iolanthe, Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Richard Dauntless in Ruddigore, Colonel Fairfax in Yeomen, and Marco in The Gondoliers, as well as acting as a director for the company. [2] [8] Gilbert and Sullivan for All wound down in the 1980s, but Round and Adams continued to appear in Gilbert and Sullivan together into the 1990s. [34]

During his Gilbert and Sullivan for All years, Round also appeared as Arthur Sullivan on tour with Donald Adams in Tarantara! Tarantara!, a musical about the Gilbert and Sullivan partnership by Ian Taylor. [3] [8] Among other non-Gilbert and Sullivan appearances in the 1960s, Round played Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady . [28] In the 1970s, Round and Adams presented a television series about the Savoy operas, devoting each programme to an individual opera. [35]

Later years and retirement

Throughout his career, Round continued to give concerts and to sing in oratorio and recitals. [36] He was frequently heard on BBC radio, including the Friday Night Is Music Night programme, [4] and his television performances included several operas, listed in the filmography below. In November 1995, he celebrated fifty years as a professional singer with a three-day opera event in the Lake District at which Adams also appeared. [32]

In 1980, Round took up sailing as a hobby, together with his son Ellis, [5] and in 1988, he and his wife moved from London to Bolton-le-Sands on the Lancashire coast, where he enjoyed sailing on Lake Windermere. [1] [37] Round maintained his interest in Gilbert and Sullivan and their works and served as president of the Marton Operatic Society and vice-president of The Gilbert and Sullivan Society (London). [38] [39] Until 2006, Round was also honorary president of the University of York Gilbert and Sullivan Society. In 2006, he became the president of Lancaster & District Choral Society, serving until 2015. [1] [40] He also appeared many times at the annual International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival performing, lecturing and meeting with Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiasts well into his 90s. [41] He published a biography in 2002. [5] Round's wife Alice died in 2010; the couple were married for 72 years. [4]

Round died two weeks before his 101st birthday, on 2 October 2016. [1]

Recordings and filmography

In 1958, Bronhill and Round recorded The Merry Widow for HMV and were filmed. The Gramophone described his Danilo as "first class ... with a fresh youthful voice and an easy and appropriately racy style." [42] This was followed by Lilac Time released in 1960. [43]

With the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company and Decca Records, Round recorded Hilarion (1955), Frederic (1958), Nanki-Poo (1958), Ralph Rackstraw (1960), Tolloller (1960), Marco (1961), Richard Dauntless (1962), the Defendant (1964), and Captain Fitzbattleaxe in Utopia, Limited (1964 excerpts). [44] In 2008 the critic of The Gramophone, John Steane, wrote that, of Gilbert and Sullivan tenors, Round was "surely the best we've had." [45]

In the 1970s, Round also recorded and filmed his roles with Gilbert and Sullivan for All. These were complete recordings of Trial by Jury and Cox and Box, [46] and excerpts (as much as would fit on two sides of an LP record) of seven others, which have since been reissued on CD. [47] In 1996, when the Gilbert and Sullivan for All films were reissued on video by the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, Round recorded introductions for each. [8] The Gilbert and Sullivan for All team also recorded a miscellaneous LP, including Valerie Masterson and Gillian Knight as Princesses Nekaya and Kalyba in an excerpt from Utopia, Limited , and Round as Antonio in The Gondoliers. [48] With Donald Adams, he recorded a musical documentary, The Story of Gilbert & Sullivan, written by Dr. Thomas Heric. [49] He also took part in two recordings of lesser-known Sullivan music with numbers from The Rose of Persia , Ivanhoe , and a 6
alternative of "Is life a boon?". [50]

For Pearl Records, Round recorded a collection of Victorian ballads, which was chosen by The Times as one of the "Critics' choice, records of the year" for 1974, [51] an eclectic collection, Songs You Love (1976), [52] and he participated in a recording of Edwardian music. [53] In 2008, he released a CD of twelve Irish songs called Thomas Round sings Irish Songs, recorded when he was principal tenor with Sadler's Wells Opera. [54]

Round's filmography is as follows: [55]


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  2. 1 2 3 "Thomas Round". Memories of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, accessed 5 July 2010
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Thomas Round", The Times, 27 December 2016, p. 50
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Happy 100th birthday to opera legend", Lancaster Guardian, 17 October 2015
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "Thomas Round, Gilbert and Sullivan performer – obituary", The Telegraph , 4 October 2016
  6. 1 2 3 4 "He's a man who knows the score". The Lancaster Guardian, 10 November 2005
  7. "Tenor and wife toast 70 years of marriage" Archived 20 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine , North-West Evening Mail , 15 August 2008
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  9. Bradley, p. 36
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  11. Rollins and Witts, pp. 171–73
  12. Rollins and Witts, p. 173
  13. "The Palace", The Manchester Guardian , 22 November 1949, p. 5
  14. "Harringay Arena: Rose Marie on Ice", The Times, 14 July 1950, p. 8
  15. "Sadler's Wells Theatre – Figaro", The Times, 26 September 1956, p. 3
  16. "London Music", The Musical Times, April 1955, pp. 209–11
  17. "Sadler's Wells Opera – The Bartered Bride", The Times, 18 December 1954, p. 8
  18. "Don Giovanni", The Times, 21 January 1954, p. 8
  19. "Sadler's Wells Opera – Snow Maiden, The Times, 17 May 1954, p. 4
  20. "Sadler's Wells Opera", The Times, 25 February 1956, p. 8
  21. "The Moon and Sixpence", The Times, 13 May 1957, p. 14
  22. Blom, Eric. "An Abundance of Opera", The Observer , 10 May 1953, p. 10
  23. "Savoy Theatre – Princess Ida", The Times, 28 September 1954, p. 2
  24. "B.B.C. Experiment with Opera – Verdi's La Traviata on Television", The Times, 11 October 1955, p. 13. Verdi's characters Alfredo and Violetta were in this version called Armand and Marguerite as in the novel, La Dame aux Camélias , on which the opera is based.
  25. Gänzl and Lamb, p. 1211
  26. 1 2 Rollins and Witts, pp. 182–83
  27. The Musical Times, September 1958, p. 494
  28. 1 2 Morey, Cynthia. "Obituaries: Thomas Round", Gilbert & Sullivan News, Vol. V, No.12, Autumn/Winter 2016, pp. 18–19
  29. "Sadler's Wells Opera – I Pagliacci", The Times, 25 January 1956, p. 7
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  32. 1 2 "Mellow Songs of Autumn", The Guardian, 16 May 1996, p. 15
  33. Sleeve notes to Pye LPs NSPH 7–15
  34. See, for example, "London Diary for April", The Musical Times, March 1990, listing a concert at the Royal Festival Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra and fellow-soloists Valerie Masterson, Gillian Knight and Eric Roberts, conducted by Kenneth Alwyn.
  35. "Television", The Guardian, 21 July 1973, p. 3; 6 December 1973, p. 2; 8 June 1974, p. 3; and 15 June 1974, p. 3
  36. See, for example, "Verdi Requiem", The Musical Times, June 1959, p. 345
  37. Lee, Bernard. "Stephen Godward, Thomas Round, Buxton", Sheffield Telegraph , 27 August 2009
  38. Arnell, Angie. "Tom Round", Gilbert & Sullivan News, Vol V, No. 9, Autumn/Winter 2015, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society, p. 4
  39. "An Interview with Thomas Round", Marton Operatic Society, 8 September 1996, accessed 4 October 2016
  40. "About Us" Archived 23 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine , Lancaster & District Choral Society, accessed 22 January 2015
  41. Soutar, Ian. "Thomas back to relive glory days again", Sheffield Telegraph, 22 August 2008
  42. "The Merry Widow". The Gramophone", October 1958, p. 73
  43. "Lilac Time", The Gramophone, March 1960, p. 100
  44. Rollins and Witts, pp. xv and xvi, and "Ruddigore" Archived 1 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine . The Gramophone, December 1962, p. 71 and "Trial by Jury" Archived 7 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine The Gramophone, April 1964, p. 65
  45. Steane, John. "Peter Glossop". Gramophone, November 2008, p. 8
  46. Pye NSPH15
  47. The seven were: "Gondoliers" (Pye NSPH8), "Pinafore" (Pye NSPH9), "Yeomen" (Pye NSPH10), "Iolanthe" (Pye NSPH11), "Ruddigore" (Pye NSPH 12), "Mikado" (Pye NSPH 13) and "Pirates" (Pye NSPH 14). The CD reissues are by "Sounds on CD"
  48. Enterprise LP ENTB 1032, issued 1969
  49. Myers, Kurtz. "Index to Record Reviews", Notes, December 1983, pp. 326–90
  50. WorldCat Pearl SHE 509, 1972, accessed 9 March 2019
  51. The Times, 7 December 1974, p. 13
  52. Songs You Love [ permanent dead link ]. Gramophone, October 1976, accessed 7 July 2010
  53. "An Edwardian Musical Evening", Pearl LP SHE528
  54. Florip, Daniel. "G&S 'Niche' Recordings Newly Available", The Gasbag, Friends of the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Issue 239, Winter 2008, p. 15
  55. Shepherd, Marc. "The Gilbert and Sullivan for All Films", Gilbert and Sullivan Discography, 7 September 2008, accessed 3 October 2016

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Peggy Ann Jones is an English opera singer and actress, best known for her performances in the mezzo-soprano roles of the Savoy operas with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. During a fifteen-year career with that company, beginning at age 19, she was particularly known for her interpretations of the title role in Iolanthe, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, Phoebe Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard, and Mad Margaret in Ruddigore. She later performed on television, in films and in musicals in London's West End. Jones's best-known recordings include the role of Pitti-Sing on both the 1973 D'Oyly Carte Mikado and the company's 1966 film version of The Mikado.

John Fryatt British actor and opera singer

John James Fryatt was an English actor and opera singer best known for his performance in comic character roles.

Llewellyn Cadwaladr Welsh opera singer

Llewellyn "Lyn" Cadwaladr was a Welsh operatic tenor who originated roles in, or starred in early tours of, comic operas and operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan, Solomon and Stephens, Robert Planquette and others in the Victorian era, often in America for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. He was touring as Ralph in H.M.S. Pinafore when he was asked to create the role of Frederic in the ad hoc 1879 British copyright performance of The Pirates of Penzance.

Strafford Moss British tenor and actor

Frederick Strafford Moss was a British tenor and actor. He appeared in the Savoy operas of Gilbert and Sullivan from 1897 to 1913, mainly in touring companies of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, following which he had a career in musical theatre on the West End stage until 1931.