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Born Newcastle, NSW, 12 October 1924.

Died Sydney, 24 February 2003.

Australian baritone.

John Shaw began his professional career with the Australian National Theatre in Melbourne. After his move to London, he made his debut at Covent Garden in 1958, singing the title role in Rigoletto.

He continued to work regularly at the Royal Opera House throughout the rest of his career. His repertoire included many roles by Verdi (Macbeth, Luna, Boccanegra, Anckarström, Posa, Amonasro, Iago, Ford). He also sang Wagner parts such as Telramund, Kurwenal, Donner and Gunther. Other areas of his repertoire at Covent Garden included Enrico Ashton, Scarpia, Tonio in Pagliacci, Balstrode in Peter Grimes and Lt Redburn in Billy Budd.

His debut with the Vienna State Opera in 1961 was as Tonio. Appearances in the USA included Posa, the Dutchman and Count Almaviva at Santa Fe, He also worked in Geneva and back in Australia.

Roles in Scotland

Enrico Lord Henry Ashton
Lucia di Lammermoor 1961
Ford a merchant of Windsor
Falstaff 1966
Falstaff 1976
Falstaff 1977
Iago Otello's ensign
Otello 1967
Otello 1976
Otello 1977
Froila deposed King of Leon
Alfonso and Estrella 1968
Captain Balstrode a retired sea officer
Peter Grimes 1968
Peter Grimes 1980
Choroebus a young Asian, fiancé of Cassandra (Chorèbe)
Trojans 1969
Ghost of Choroebus
Trojans 1969
Gunther a Gibichung
Götterdämmerung 1971
Donner god of thunder
Rheingold 1971
Kurwenal Tristan's squire
Tristan und Isolde 1973
Don Pizarro prison governor
Fidelio 1974
Fidelio 1977

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