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GEOFFREY SHOVELTON

Geoffrey Shovelton was born in Atherton, Lancashire. As well as having a conventional education at Thornleigh College (Bolton), Hull and London Universities, he was privately tutored for the piano and the organ, while his singing teachers were Dino Borgioli, Roy Henderson, and Denis Dowling.

In his professional singing career Geoffrey has played the principal roles for Nonsuch Opera, Chelsea Opera Group, Tayside Opera, and Basilica Opera, and from 1971 to 1972 he spent over a year with Scottish Opera. During this time he toured the whole of Scotland, from the Shetlands to the Borders, with Opera for All, and with the main company played Roderigo in Verdi's "Otello", Don Curzio in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro", and Lysander in Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". In international singing competitions Geoffrey was awarded second prize at Hertogenbosch (Holland) and first prize at Verviers (Belgium).

Geoffrey Shovelton's voice, looks, and personality gained him wide acclaim in the parts that he sang with the Company - Duke of Dunstable in "Patience", Earl Tolloller in "Iolanthe", Nanki-Poo in "The Mikado", Colonel Fairfax in "The Yeomen of the Guard", and Luiz in "The Gondoliers"

Geoffrey left the company in 1979 to expand his singing repertoire and spend more time with his family. He rejoined the company at the start of the Autumn tour in 1980.

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