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Born Malton 1873.

Died 1951.

English bass-baritone.

Leo Sheffield joined the D’Oyly Carte company in 1906, and from 1907 sang principal roles including Luiz, Private Willis, Samuel, Cholmondley, and Sergeant Meryll. From 1910 he worked in other shows as well, returning frequently, and spending most of his time singing the ‘Pooh-Bah roles’. In 1911 and 1913 he came to Scotland in the cast of Oscar Straus's operetta The Chocolate Soldier. For a time towards the end of World War II he was with the BBC Drama Repertory Company. He recorded several roles including Sergeant of Police (1929).

Roles in Scotland

Dr Daly Vicar of Ploverleigh
Sorcerer 1918
Sergeant of Police
Pirates of Penzance 1918
Strephon an Arcadian Shepherd
Iolanthe 1918
Wilfred Shadbolt Head Jailer and Assistant Tormentor
Yeomen of the Guard 1918
Don Alhambra del Bolero the Grand Inquisitor
Gondoliers 1918
Learned Judge
Trial By Jury 1918
Captain Corcoran commanding H.M.S. Pinafore
H M S Pinafore 1918
Pooh-Bah Lord High Everything Else
Mikado 1918
Archibald Grosvenor an Idyllic Poet
Patience 1918
Marquis Imari Chief of Police and Provincial Governor
Geisha 1931

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