Born at Northampton (GB), he studied Modern Languages at St Catharine's College, Cambridge and singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has been a regular guest of the major opera houses, orchestras and festivals worldwide. He has sung under many distinguished conductors including Pierre Boulez, Frans Bruggen, Carlo Maria Guilini, Hartmut Haenchen, Nikolaus Hamoncolurt, Oliver Knussen, Rembert de Leeuw, Gustav Leonhardt, Sir Charles Mackerras, Zubin Melita, Kenneth Montgomery, Andre Previn and Sir Simon Rattle.
Opera repertoire includes: Le Rossignol, L:'Enfant et les Sortilleges, Boris Godenov, Turandot, Werther and Die Zauberflöte (all at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden), Peter Grimes (Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Madrid), Billy Budd (ENO, ROH, Opera Bastille), La Damnation de Faust (Berlin, Turin, Tanglewood) Die Meistersinger von Numberg, Die Zauberflöte (Opera Gamier), Tristan und Isolde (Monte Carlo) Rameati's Les Boreades (Salzburg Festival) Eight Songs for a Mad King of Peter Maxwell Davies (Opera Comique), Sir MiChael Tippett's A Midsummer Marriage (tv film), the title role in Messiaen's St FrancolS WAssise (London, BBCTV, Lyon, Am sterdam, Brussels, New York and Edinburgh Festival) and Kovaljov in The Nose by Shostakowitch (Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam).
Concert repertoire: Parsifal, Mahler 8 with the NYO under Rattle at the BBC Proms, Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers under Knussen at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Ravel's L'Heure Espagnole and Brahms Requiem under Previn in Carnegie Hall, Haydn's Seasons under Rattle , plus The Creation (educational projects in Amsterdam and Paris) with Bruggen, Britten's Death in Venice under Montgomery and Enescu's Oedipe in the Holland Festival.. He sang Beethoven's Ninth under Leonard Slatkin at the Last Night of the Proms M 2001 after the events of 9/11 to a worldwide audience of 340 million.
Discography: Tubular Bells as part of Angel Choir and bootleg chorus, works of Bach (Leonhardt and Giulini) Beethoven (Mackerras), StravInsky, Schönberg (Knussen), Ravel (Previn), Frank Martin's Jedermarm Monologues, Schubert's Winterreise and songs by Finzi and Quilter.
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