Thomas Round, British opera singer, Died at 100

Thomas Round was born on October 18, 1915, and died on October 2, 2016.

He was an English opera singer and actor,

Thomas was best known for his performances in the tenor roles of the Savoy Operas and in grand opera.

He started working as a joiner and then a police officer.

At the time of 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.

Thomas sang leading tenor roles in the Gilbert and Sullivan operas for the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company from 1946 to 1949.

Round next spent six years in the 1950s singing opera and operetta with Sadler’s Wells Opera.

He again performed mostly with the D’Oyly Carte company, as of 1958 to 1964.

During 1963, Thomas 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.

Thomas Round also sang in oratorio and concerts, broadcast on radio and television, and is heard on many recordings.

During 1980, Round took up sailing as a hobby, together with his son Ellis, 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.

Thomas Round passed away at 100 years old.