Bevan, Benjamin

Benjamin
Bevan
baritone

Benjamin Bevan won a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School, London and made his international début at Lausanne Opera in La Cenerentola.

He made his UK début at Scottish Opera as Marcello in La Bohème, followed by return invitations to sing Fleville and Fouquier-Tinville in Andrea Chenier under Sir Richard Armstrong and Riccardo I Puritani, Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon and Marcello in the revival of La Bohème under Francesco Corti.

He recently made his debut at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden singing Henry Cuffe in Britten's Gloriana; followed by his Welsh National Opera debut in two new productions: singing Lescaut in Boulevard Solitude by Henze, and Roderick Usher in Getty's Usher House.

Current engagements include performing the St Matthew Passion with the Bach Collegium Japan under Masaaki Suzuki.

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Gilhooly, Owen

Owen
Gilhooly
baritone

Owen Gilhooly is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and National Opera Studio and in 2007 represented Ireland in Cardiff Singer of the World. He is currently pursuing Doctoral studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

He has performed with the RTÉ NSO, Ulster Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Liverpool and London Philharmonic Orchestras and the BBC Symphony Orchestra - in Berlioz's L'enfance du Christ and Weir's The Vanishing Bridegroom, as well as and Bill Bobstay in HMS Pinafore and Konecký in Janacek's Osud at the BBC Proms.

His numerous operatic roles include Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Papageno in The Magic Flute, the Shepherd in Tristan und Isolde, and the General in Luke Bedford's Seven Angels (with The Opera Group).

 

 

 

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Francois Le Roux

Francois
Le Roux
baritone

François Le Roux began his vocal studies with François Loup at the age of 19, later studying under Vera Rosza and Elisabeth Grümmer at the Opéra Studio, Paris; he has won international competitions in Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro. He was a member of the Lyon Opera Company from 1980-985, since when he has been a guest artist at all major European opera houses and festivals.

His wide repertoire covers the Mozart baritone roles, and a range from the Italian repertoire (Figaro, Dandini, Malatesta, Marcello) to Baroque opera - including the title roles in Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Ulisse, Campra's Tancrède, and Rameau's Castor et Pollux (Pollux) at the Aix en Provence Festival. He has also appeared in contemporary opera, notably as Henze's Der Prinz von Homburg in Munich conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch, and has taken the title roles in world premieres of Birtwistle's Gawain at Covent Garden, Von Bose's Die Leiden des jungen Werthers at the Schwetzingen Festival and Georges Boeuf’s Verlaine Paul in Nancy and Marseille.

In addition to numerous operatic recordings for EMI, Erato, and BMG-RCA, Le Roux has released several highly acclaimed discs of the French song repertoire for EMI, REM, Hyperion and DECCA-Universal.

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Tomlinson, John

John
Tomlinson
baritone

Born in Lancashire, John Tomlinson studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and with Otakar Kraus.

He sings regularly with The Royal Opera and English National Opera and has with all the major British opera companies. He appeared at the Bayreuth Festival for eighteen consecutive seasons from 1988, as Wotan, the Wanderer, King Marke, Titurel, Gurnemanz, Hagen and Holländer. He has also appeared in Berlin (Deutsche Oper Berlin and Berlin Staatsoper), Geneva, Lisbon, Stuttgart, Vancouver, San Francisco, New York, Pittsburgh, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Vienna, Bologna, Florence, Tokyo and the Glyndebourne, Orange, Aix-en-Provence, Munich and Salzburg festivals. His repertory includes Hans Sachs, Heinrich der Vogler, Baron Ochs, Leporello, Claggart, King Fisher, Méphistophélès (Gounod's Faust), the Villains (Contes d'Hoffmann), King Philip (Don Carlos) and the title roles in Oberto (which he also directed), Attila, Mosè in Egitto, Le nozze di Figaro, Boris Godunov, Moses und Aron and Duke Bluebeard's Castle.

In 1993, he won a Grammy Award for Bartok's Cantata Profana and in February 2007 he was honoured with the Special Award at the Laurence Olivier Award Ceremony. He was awarded a CBE in 1997 and Knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 2005.

Opie, Alan

Alan
Opie
baritone

Alan Opie is a Cornish baritone, primarily known as an opera singer.

He attended Truro School and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the London Opera Centre before joining the Sadler's Wells Opera (now the English National Opera, ENO). He became a Principal Baritone there while still a student.

Opie has also sung with the other major UK opera companies Scottish Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Internationally, he has performed in the opera houses of Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Brussels, Berlin, Chicago and Santa Fe and regularly appears at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. He has also sung at the Bayreuth Festival. In 1996, Opie switched his status at the ENO from company member to regular guest, enabling him to make his début at La Scala, Milan. There he created the role of Outis in the opera of the same name by Luciano Berio.

He has recorded for CBS, EMI, Hyperion, Chandos and Decca, winning Grammy Awards in 1996 and 1998 for his involvement in, respectively, recordings of Britten's Peter Grimes and Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. In 1997, his performance in the title role of Verdi's Falstaff earned Opie a nomination for the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.

Gardner, Jake

Jake
Gardner
baritone

Bass-baritone Jake Gardner's career spans North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Having begun as the principal baritone at Oper Köln, Germany, he went on to appear at Glyndebourne under the baton of Simon Rattle, the Wexford Festival, Budapest Festival, Théâtre du Châtelet, Komische Oper Berlin, and with opera companies in Bonn, Dresden, Vienna, and the Netherlands. He has appeared throughout North America, in concert performances as well as on the operatic stage.

Boasting a career which includes performances with major opera companies and orchestras throughout the world, Jake Gardner remains one of the opera world’s most sought-after singing actors. Upcoming engagements include Germont in La Traviata in a return to Hawaii Opera Theatre, Doc in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place with New York City Opera, Geronte in Manon Lescaut at Opera Grand Rapids, Buffalo Bill Cody in Annie Get Your Gun and Ronaldo Cabral in Later That Evening at the Glimmerglass Opera, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the Arizona Opera, Verdi’s Requiem with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Bach’s B Minor Masswith the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

He also enjoys a successful career of concert performances, including Mahler’s Das klagende Lied with the New York Philharmonic under James Conlon, and Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. He sang the role of Wotan in Jonathan Dove’s arrangement of Das Rheingold, directed by Christopher Alden with the EOS Orchestra. He has appeared with the Mostly Mozart Festival to sing Mozart’s Thamos, King of Egypt and later returned for performances of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, has featured as a soloist in the Proms to perform an evening of music by Kurt Weill and his contemporaries, and gave a much-acclaimed Lincoln Center performance of Handel’s Saul.

His recordings include 'Live at Lincoln Center' on CBS/SONY; Thea Musgrave’s Mary, Queen of Scots for BMG; the original 1983 film version of Peter Brook’s La Tragedie de Carmen; and Afrika Songs composed by Wilhelm Gross with the Matrix Ensemble conducted by Robert Ziegler.

Wilson-Johnson, David

David
Wilson-Johnson
baritone

The British baritone David Wilson-Johnson was born in Northampton, studied Modern Languages at St Catharine's College, Cambridge and singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he won many prizes including the Dove Prize for most distinguished student. In the early days he sang in the choirs of St Margaret's Westminster (Richard Hickox), The London Oratory, (John Hoban) the BBC Singers (John Poole) and the Monteverdi Choir (John Eliot Gardiner.) Since then, over a career already spanning forty years, he has been a guest of the major opera houses and orchestras and festivals worldwide. He has sung under the most distinguished conductors.

In 2006 he decided to retire from the operatic stage and his last performances were the title roles in Tippett's King Priam (Nationale Reisopera and BBC Proms), Albeniz's Merlin (Teatro Real Madrid), Shostakovitch's The Nose under Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (Netherlands Opera) and Messiaen's Saint François d'Assise (Edinburgh Festival).

Recent concert projects included a tour with Sir Simon Rattle and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment of Schumann's Paradies und die Peri as well as tours with Frans Bruggen and the Orchestra of the 18th Century singing Die Schöpfung and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. He sang the title role in Owen Wingrave in Tapiola with Stefan Asbury, Tippett's A Child of our Time with Sir Andrew Davis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Elgar's Dream of Gerontius under Vladimir Ashkenazy with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

David Wilson-Johnson teaches in Amsterdam and London and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

Williams, Jeremy Huw

Jeremy Huw
Williams
baritone
The Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams studied at St John's College, Cambridge, at the National Opera Studio, and with April Cantelo. He made his debut with Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and has since appeared in sixty operatic roles. He has given performances at major venues in North and South America, Australia, Hong Kong, and most European countries. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Glyndwr University in 2009 for services to music in Wales, and received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Aberdeen in 2011.

Varcoe, Stephen

Stephen
Varcoe
baritone
Stephen Varcoe is one of Britain’s most distinguished baritones, especially acclaimed in the field of Baroque music and in the song repertoire. He has made about 150 recordings, collaborating with John Eliot Gardiner for Philips, Erato and DG Archiv on discs of Purcell, Handel and Bach, and has joined Richard Hickox for numerous releases of Haydn, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Grainger and Britten on Chandos. His musically fruitful relationship with Hyperion Records has produced many fine recital discs, from the romantic and sensuous French songs of Hahn, Chabrier and Fauré with Graham Johnson to the quintessentially English Finzi, Gurney, Parry, Stanford and Armstrong Gibbs with Clifford Benson and Roger Vignoles. With Graham Johnson, Stephen was the second artist after Dame Janet Baker to be invited to interpret Schubert for the celebrated complete Hyperion series. His versatility also encompasses recordings of twentieth century works by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Nigel Osborne, Thea Musgrave and John Tavener.
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