Constance Shacklock OBE (1913-1999), the Opera singer, joined the New Coven Garden Opera Company in 1946 and was awarded an OBE in 1971.
The opera singer Constance Shacklock OBE (1913-1999) joined the New Coven Garden Opera Company in 1946. Her most famous role was being cast as Brangane in Tristram and Isolde in 1948 alongside the Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad. In the mid 1950’s she left the operatic stage to take up a six year role as Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music at the Palace Theatre in London. After retiring from singing, Shacklock went on to teach singing at the Royal Academy of Music. Students under her supervision included Kathryn Harries and Victoria Burmester. She was awarded an OBE in 1971.
A routine call to a property in-between Lichfield and Sutton resulted in the discovery of the vast archive of Shacklock’s own personal paperwork and photographs dating back to the start of her hugely successful career in the 1940’s. It had been inherited by the vendor whose aunt was a very close friend of Shacklock’s who had in turn been given the archive to her on Shacklock’s death in 1999.
The collection came up for public auction at Richard Winterton’s Fine Art & Collectors Sale on 18th August at the Lichfield Auction Centre.