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Thomas Round

English tenor and actor Thomas Round was born in Barrow-in-Furness on 18 October 1915. After serving as a fighter pilot and flying instructor in World War II, he worked for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company (1946-9), singing leading tenor roles in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. In the 1950s he sang opera and operetta with Sadler's Wells Opera (creating the tenor lead Nils in the first performance of Delius' Irmelin under Beecham in Oxford in 1953), and in 1963 he co-founded the ensemble Gilbert and Sullivan for All, for which he sang and was also a company director.

He also sang in concerts and oratorio, broadcast on radio and TV, and made many recordings.

Thomas Round died on 2 October 2016, aged nearly 101.


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