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Leo Sheffield

Leo Sheffield (15 November 1873 – 3 September 1951), born Arthur Leo Wilson, was an English singer and actor best known for his performances in baritone roles of the Savoy Operas with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.

He made his first stage appearances under the direction of W. S. Gilbert in 1906, remaining with the D'Oyly Carte company for three years. After touring in musical theatre for the next five years with other managements, he rejoined D'Oyly Carte from 1915 to 1928 in the principal baritone roles, appearing in London seasons and on tour in Britain and, in one of his last seasons, Canada. He recorded many of these roles.

After leaving D'Oyly Carte, Sheffield worked in a wide variety of theatre, including musical comedy, straight plays, pantomime, and in radio and films. He continued to tour during the Second World War while in his seventies.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 15th, 1873, Died April 3rd, 1951

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: baritone vocal

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone Cc11605 12-in. 9/20/1927 Trial by jury D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Vocal quartet (soprano, tenor, and 2 baritones), with orchestra ; vocal quintet (soprano, tenor, and 3 baritones) with chorus and orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone Cc11606 12-in. 9/20/1927 Trial by jury D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Vocal quintet (soprano, tenor, and 3 baritones) with chorus and orchestra; vocal duet (soprano, and tenor) with chorus and orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone Cc11644 12-in. 9/29/1927 Trial by jury D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Baritone vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone Cc11645 12-in. 9/29/1927 Trial by jury D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Vocal trio (soprano, baritone, and bass), with chorus and orchestra; Vocal duet (soprano, and baritone), with chorus and orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone Cc11646 12-in. 9/29/1927 Trial by jury D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Vocal quintet (soprano, 3 baritones, and bass), with chorus and orchestra; tenor vocal solo, with female chorus and orchestra ; vocal duet (2 baritones), with chorus and orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sheffield, Leo," accessed December 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102213.

Sheffield, Leo. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102213.

"Sheffield, Leo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 December 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102213

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