Back in Britain, she appeared in pantomime as Cinderella, in the musical Lock Up Your Daughters in York, and with the music hall show Fol de Rols. She then joined the chorus of Sadler’s Wells Opera (later English National Opera) but had no desire to return to solo roles. After taking a leave of absence in the mid-1970s to care for her dying father, she did not return.
She met Michael Rees, an international business executive, and they married in 1979. He too gave up the jet set life and they settled in Kingston-upon-Thames, where they went into business setting up bespoke hardwood joinery including doors. . This continued until around 2010.
Although Jennifer Toye has fond memories of her singing career, she hasn’t missed it. She did, however, remain friends with the surviving members of the company, including tenor Thomas Round, who had been Ralph in HMS Pinafore and his wandering minstrel Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, until his death (Obituary, 4 October 2016) .
In retirement, she and her husband, who survives her, have traveled extensively and for the past 15 years have visited Florida’s Gulf Coast twice a year. She left her body to medical science.
Jennifer Toye, born December 16, 1933, died January 17, 2022