Susan Minshull

Susan Minshull (1968-72)

[Born Congleton, Cheshire]

Known as Susan Browne when she joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company chorus in September 1968, Susan Minshull trained at the Royal Academy of Music. She appeared on occasion as the Lady Ella in Patience and Celia in Iolanthe during the 1968-69 season. As Susan Minshull she took over the part of Celia in September 1969, and in September 1971 added First Bridesmaid in Trial by Jury, Isabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and Fiametta in The Gondoliers (a part she'd played on occasion the previous season) to her duties. Between 1969 and 1972 she also filled in from time to time as Casilda in The Gondoliers and Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore. She left the Company in August 1972 to resume her career as a freelance artist.

In 1987 she appeared in Patience, and the following year took the title role in Iolanthe, in productions at Gawsworth Hall, Cheshire, with several of her former D'Oyly Carte colleagues. She has since appeared as principal soprano in several Gilbert & Sullivan productions in Stoke-on-Trent.

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