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Thomas Round

Singer details:

Voice: Tenor
Nationality: English
Year of Birth: 1915
Year of Death: 2016

About 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.

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 Air Force, 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.

Round was born and raised in Barrow-in-Furness (now in Cumbria but at that time part of Lancashire). He was the third of four children of a furnace man at a steel mill. Round began singing as a child in the St Paul's Mission church choir, where he met his future wife, Alice York. 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. In 1936 he joined the police force and was stationed in Lancaster. 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. During this time, he enjoyed performing with local musical societies. 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.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Is Life a Boon? Popularity:

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
2Rising Early in the Morning Popularity:

Opera: Gondoliers, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
3Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes Popularity:

Opera: Gondoliers, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
4A maiden fair to see Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Ralph Rackstraw
5The nightingale Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Ralph Rackstraw
6Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
7A wandering minstrel Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo
8Would You Know the Kind of Maid Popularity:

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
9Hush, hush, not a word Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.13

Type: sceneVoice: T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Frederic/Stanley
10For he's gone and married Yum-Yum Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.13

Type: finale,ensembleVoice: Mz Br S T S/Mz BrLanguage: English

Roles: Pitti-Sing/Ko-Ko/Yum-Yum/Nanki-Poo/Peep-Bo/Pooh-Bah
11Here's a how-de-do! Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.04

Type: trioVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum/Nanki-Poo/Ko-Ko
12And I have journey'd for a month Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.04-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Pooh-Bah
13Oh false one! you have deceived me! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.04-1

Type: duetVoice: cA TLanguage: English

Roles: Ruth/Frederic
14Stop, ladies, pray! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Frederic/Edith/Kate
15Away, away, my heart's on fire! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.06

Type: trioVoice: cA B-Br TLanguage: English

Roles: Ruth/Pirate King/Frederic
16Farewell, my own Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2.07-1

Type: ensembleVoice: T S Br Mz B-Br Br B cALanguage: English

Roles: Ralph Rackstraw/Josephine/Joseph Porter/Cousin Hebe/Dick Deadeye/Bill Bobstay/Bob Becket/Mrs. Cripps
17Now what is this Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.14-2

Type: sceneVoice: Br T B-Br SLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Frederic/Pirate King/Mabel
18Ye torrents roar! Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11g

Type: ensemble,finaleVoice: cA Br Br T S S/Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Katisha/Pooh-Bah/Ko-Ko/Nanki-Poo/Yum-Yum/Peep-Bo/Pitti-Sing
19Were you not to Ko-Ko plighted Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.09

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Yum-Yum
20Brightly dawns our wedding day Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.03

Type: quartetVoice: S Mz T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum/Pitti-Sing/Nanki-Poo/Pish-Tush
21When you left our pirate fold Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.05-1

Type: trioVoice: cA B-Br TLanguage: English

Roles: Ruth/Pirate King/Frederic
22Pray observe the magnanimity Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.14f

Type: ensemble/finaleVoice: T Br B-Br Br S Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Frederic/Samuel/Pirate King/Stanley/Mabel/Edith/Kate
23Can I survive this overbearing? Popularity:

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1.12-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Ralph Rackstraw
24Stay, Fred'ric, stay! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.08

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Frederic
25The threaten'd cloud has pass'd away Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11-2

Type: ensembleVoice: T S S/Mz Mz BrLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Yum-Yum/Peep-Bo/Pitti-Sing/Pooh-Bah
26Gentlemen, I pray you tell me Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.01-2

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Pish-Tush
27Your revels cease Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11-3

Type: recitativeVoice: cA TLanguage: English

Roles: Katisha/Nanki-Poo
28The flower that bloom in the spring Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.09

Type: duetVoice: T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo/Ko-Ko/Yum-Yum/Pitti-Sing/Pooh-Bah
29How beautifully blue the sky Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.10

Type: chorus/duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Frederic
30Stay, we must not lose our senses Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11

Type: sceneVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Frederic
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