Geoffrey Shovelton, English opera singer and illustrator, Died at 80

Geoffrey Richard Shovelton was born on April 27, 1936, and died on July 4, 2016.

He was an English singer and illustrator.

Shovelton was best known for his performances with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in the 1970s.

He began his professional life with a teaching career, during which he began to perform professionally in oratorio and opera.

Shovelton became a full-time professional singer in 1971, touring with Scottish Opera and other companies.

During 1975, he joined the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, playing the leading tenor roles in the Gilbert and Sullivan operas until the company closed in 1982.

Shovelton also made a few recordings with the company.

Shovelton continued to perform in Savoy operas and concerts both in the UK and the US, until 2005.

Shovelton also directed some of these productions and various amateur productions.

Shovelton also illustrated books, journals and promotional materials, mostly in connection with Gilbert and Sullivan.

Himself and his wife settled in the US, in Maine, in 2001, after which he continued to direct, create artworks and give lectures.

Geoffrey Shovelton passed away at 80 years old.