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Born Aberdeen, 13 August 1949.

Died Peterborough, 3 December 2018.

Scottish baritone.

Gordon Sandison had a long career during which he worked successfully in France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, the USA, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Israel.

He first studied drama at the College of Dramatic Art in Glasgow and received his diploma in Speech and Drama. He then won a Caird Scholarship to study music ai the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. He took part in a master class on BBC 2 with Sir Geraint Evans, and was awarded the first John Noble Bursary which enabled him to study abroad.

His made his debut with Scottish Opera in The Trojans at the 1972 Edinburgh lnternational Festival. His roles during that autumn season included Yamadori and Cascada. Later parts with the company included Marquis d'Obigny, Papageno, Figaro (both Rossini and Mozart), Schaunard, Demetrius, Malatesta, Don Giovanni, Belcore, Harlekin, Frank, Falke, Falstaff, Mr Flint, Don Alfonso and Marcello. He created the role of Dand in Hermiston (Orr 1975 Edinburgh Festival);

He sang Dancaïre in the famous 1977 Festival staging of Carmen with Berganza and Domingo under Abbado. He repeated the part the following year and also appeared in the recording.

Appearances with other British companies include Opera North (Belcore); Kent Opera (Count Almaviva, Macheath, Jim Cocks in Offenbach's Robinson Crusoe); and Glyndebourne (Masetto, Figaro, Dancaïre, Mayor in Jenůfa).

With New Sadler's Wells Opera he appeared as Plunkett in Martha, Corcoran in H M S Pinafore, Robin Oakapple in Ruddigore (recorded), and Auguste Lutte in Bitter Sweet; with Carl Rosa Sir Joseph Porter in H M S Pinafore (recorded). At the Wexford Festival he sang roles in Zaïde, La vedova scaltra (Wolf-Ferrari) and The Rising of the Moon (Maw).

He worked at the Royal Opera House for several seasons, in roles such as Fléville Andrea Chénier, Mandarin Turandot, Sciarrone Tosca, Lavitsky Boris Godunov, Moralès Carmen, Starveling A Midsummer Night's Dream, Montano Otello, Attorney Der Rosenkavalier and Masetto Don Giovanni.

He worked widely as a teacher, with several years at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Roles in Scotland

First Soldier
Trojans 1972
Mercury Mercure
Trojans 1972
Trojan Soldier
Trojans 1972
Marquis d' Obigny
Traviata 1973
Traviata 1974
Prince Yamadori
Madam Butterfly 1973
Vicomte Cascada
Lustige Witwe 1973
Lustige Witwe 1974
Mitiukha a peasant
Boris Godunov 1974
Chernikovsky a Jesuit
Boris Godunov 1974
Papageno a bird-catcher
Zauberflöte 1974
Zauberflöte 1974
Zauberflöte 1976
Zauberflöte 1977
Zauberflöte 1988
Leopold Baron Ochs' bastard son
Rosenkavalier 1974
Rosenkavalier 1978
Schaunard a musician
Bohème 1974
Bohème 1975
Bohème 1976
Bohème 1979
Figaro a barber
Barbiere di Siviglia 1974
Barbiere di Siviglia 1975
Black Tom Cat
Enfant et les sortilèges 1975
Harlequin a comedian
Ariadne on Naxos 1975
Ariadne on Naxos 1976
Ariadne on Naxos 1977
Dand Christina's brother, a poet
Hermiston 1975
Grandfather Clock L'Horloge Comtoise
Enfant et les sortilèges 1975
Demetrius in love with Hermia
Midsummer Night's Dream 1976
Midsummer Night's Dream 1979
Midsummer Night's Dream 1980
Malatesta Pasquale's doctor and friend
Don Pasquale 1976
Don Pasquale 1977
Don Giovanni a young nobleman
Don Giovanni 1976
Prince Afron son of Dodon
Golden Cockerel 1976
Konrad Nachtigall a tinsmith
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1976
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1977
Mastersingers of Nuremberg 1978
Figaro the Count's valet
Nozze di Figaro 1977
Dancaïre a smuggler
Carmen 1977
Carmen 1978
Krušina a peasant
Bartered Bride 1978
Marullo a courtier
Rigoletto 1979
Rigoletto 1980
Frank prison governor
Fledermaus 1979
Captain Corcoran commanding H.M.S. Pinafore
H M S Pinafore 1987
Captain Auguste Lutte
Bitter Sweet 1988
Falke a notary and friend of Eisenstein
Fledermaus 1989
Fledermaus 1990
Sir John Falstaff a knight
Falstaff 1991
Mr Flint Sailing Master
Billy Budd 1992
Don Alfonso a middle-aged bachelor
Così fan tutte 1992
Marcello a painter
Bohème 1993

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