Robert Rounseville
Biographical Information
Born March 25th, 1914
Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States
Died August 6th, 1974
New York City, New York, United States
Productions Babes in Arms as Bob (original Broadway cast)
Two Bouquets as Ensemble (original Broadway cast)
Knickerbocker Holiday as Citizen of New Amsterdam (original Broadway cast)
Higher and Higher as Ensemble
The Merry Widow as Jolodon
Robin Hood as Robin Hood
Up in Central Park as Andrew Munroe (original Broadway cast)
The Day Before Spring as Harry Scott (original Broadway cast)
The Tales of Hoffmann as Hoffmann
The Rake's Progress as Tom Rakewell (original cast)
The Dybbuk as Channon (original cast)
The Mikado as Nanki-Poo (also video)
The Pirates of Penzance as Frederic
Trial by Jury
H.M.S. Pinafore as Ralph Rackstraw
Carmen as Don Jose (video)
Show Boat as Gaylord Ravenal
Carousel as Enoch Snow
Candide as Candide (original Broadway cast)
Brigadoon as Charlie Dalyrmple
Dialogues of the Carmelites as Chevalier de la Force (video)
Man of La Mancha as The Padre
From the House of the Dead as Skuratov
Recordings Knickerbocker Holiday (original cast recording)
The Merry Widow (1943 cast recording)
The Rake's Progress (original cast recording)
The Student Prince (1952 studio cast)
Carousel (film soundtrack)
Candide (original cast recording)
The Mikado (1960 studio cast)
Man of La Mancha (original cast recording)
Vocal Type Tenor

Robert Rounseville was an American actor and tenor.


Born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, Rounseville made his stage debut as Bob, a member of the gang in Babes in Arms, initially appearing in a number of straight musicals before establishing himself as an operatic tenor.

Rounseville would go on to appear in a number of major original shows including English language productions of several hit operas (such as Carmen), operettas, a string of Gilbert and Sullivan (leading to his performing on the 1960 studio recording of The Mikado) and musicals like Man of La Mancha.

Becoming a singing teacher towards the end of his life, he passed away in 1974.


Rounseville was a successful tenor who appeared in a large number of operas and other singing productions; starting in straight musicals and moving into operas and operettas, originating roles in Up in Central Park and the world premiere of Dybbuk.

Rounseville also appeared in the film adaptation of Carousel playing Enoch Snow, and the original production of Candide. In his later career he reverted back to regular musicals, notably playing the Padre in Man of La Mancha.


The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)Edit

Carousel (1956)Edit

  • When the Children Are Asleep (duet)
  • This Was a Real Nice Clambake (contains solo lines)
  • Stonecutters Cut It On Stone (contains solo lines)
  • Finale


Carmen (1953)Edit

Dialogues of the Carmelites (1957)Edit

From the House of the Dead (1969)Edit


Babes in Arms (1937)(originated the role)Edit

  • Babes in Arms
  • Babes in Arms (reprise)

The Two Bouquets (1938)Edit

Knickerbocker Holiday (1938)Edit

  • There's Nowhere to Go But Up
  • Will You Remember Me?
  • Young People Think About Love
  • To War!
  • Romance and Musketeer
  • The Scars
  • Dirge for a Soldier
  • Ve Vouldn't Gonto Do It

Higher and Higher (1940)Edit

The Merry Widow (1943)Edit

Robin Hood (1944)Edit

  • Though it was within this hour (duet)
  • Finale Act I (contains solo lines)
  • Oh see the little lambkins play (contains solo lines)
  • A Troubadour sang to his love (duet)
  • Finale Act II (contains solo lines)
  • There will come a time (duet)
  • Finale Act III (contains solo lines)

Up in Central Park (1945)(originated the role)Edit

The Day Before Spring (1945)(originated the role)Edit

  • Friends to the End (contains solo lines)
  • Finale

The Rake's Progress (1951)(originated the role)Edit

Dybbuk (1951)(originated the role)Edit

The Mikado (1952)Edit

  • A Wand'ring Minstrel I (solo)
  • Young man, despair (contains solo lines)
  • And have I journey'd for a month (duet)
  • Were you not to Ko-Ko plighted" (duet)
  • Finale Act I (contains solo lines)
  • Brightly dawns our wedding day (contains solo lines)
  • Here's a how-de-do (contains solo lines)
  • The flowers that bloom in the spring (contains solo lines)
  • Finale Act II (contains solo lines)

The Pirates of Penzance (1952)Edit

  • Oh! false one, you have deceiv'd me (duet)
  • Stop, ladies pray (contains solo lines)
  • Oh, is there not one maiden breast? (contains solo lines)
  • How beautifully the blue the sky (contains solo lines)
  • Stay, we must not lose our sentences (contains solo lines)
  • Finale Act I (contains solo lines)
  • Then, Fredric, let your escort lion-hearted (duet)
  • Now for the Pirates' lair (contains solo lines)
  • When you had left our Pirate fold (contains solo lines)
  • Away, away! My heart's on fire! (contains solo lines)
  • All is prepar'd; your gallant crew await you (duet)
  • Stay, Fred'ric, stay/Ah, leave me not to pine/Oh, here is love, and here is truth (duet)
  • Hush, hush, not a word! (contains solo lines)
  • Finale, Act II (contains solo lines)

Trial by Jury (1952)Edit

H.M.S. Pinafore (1952)Edit

  • The nightingale (contains solo lines)
  • A maiden fair to see (contains solo lines)
  • A British Tar (contains solo lines)
  • Farewell, my own (contains solo lines)
  • Here, take her, sir (contains solo lines)
  • Finale Act II (contains solo lines)

Show Boat (1954)Edit

  • Where's the Mate for Me? (solo)
  • Make Believe (duet)
  • Till Good Luck Comes My Way (contains solo lines)
  • You Are Love (duet)
  • You Are Love (reprise)(solo)

Candide (1956)(originated the role)Edit

  • The Best of All Possible Worlds (contains solo lines)
  • Oh, Happy We (duet)
  • It Must Be So (solo)
  • Candide (solo)
  • You Were Dead, You Know (duet)
  • Pilgrims' Procession (contains solo lines)
  • Finale Act I (contains solo lines)
  • Eldorado (contains solo lines)
  • The Venice Gavotte (contains solo lines)
  • Finale: Make Our Garden Grow (contains solo lines)

Brigadoon (1957)Edit

  • I'll Go Home With Bonnie Jean (contains solo lines)
  • Come To Me, Bend To Me (solo)
  • Reprises: Come To Me, Bend to Me/The Heather on the Hill/From This Day On (duet)

Man of La Mancha (1965)(originated the role)Edit

  • I'm Only Thinking of Him (contains solo lines)
  • We're Only Thinking of Him (contains solo lines)
  • To Each His Dulcinea (solo)
  • Psalm (solo)
  • Finale Ultimo: The Impossible Dream (reprise)


The Student Prince (1952)Edit

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