John Shaw

John Shaw was one of Australia’s most illustrious operatic baritones whose long career in Australia was supplemented by fifteen years as a leading principal at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He was tall and commanding in physique and personality, and some thought him sometimes arrogant in manner. In fact he was gentle, humorous and a superb raconteur. He was devoted to the art of singing, understood its nuances in fine detail and held his mentors and leading colleagues in great respect. He died aged 81 in 2003.


Audio Extracts


Mozart opera season in 1956


Working with Tito Gobbi and famous production of Don Carlos in 1958


Working with Joan Hammond and Ron Dowd


Story of Bartered Bride opening night