Baritone & Director
Sir Thomas Allen
Sir Thomas Allen is an established star of the great opera houses of the world. He has sung over fifty roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; in 2012 he celebrated his 40th anniversary of his debut with the company. An acclaimed recitalist, he is equally renowned on the concert platform and has appeared with the world’s great orchestras and conductors. He is Chancellor of Durham University. His many honours include the title of Bayerischer Kammersänger awarded by the Bayerische Staatsoper. In the New Year’s Honours of 1989 he was created a Commander of the British Empire and in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was made a Knight Bachelor. Among his proudest achievements is having a Channel Tunnel locomotive named after him; and most recently, being awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music 2013.
Ukrainian, Andrei Bondarenko, is one of the most exciting young baritones of today, having worked extensively with Valery Gergiev, Ivor Bolton, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vasily Petrenko, Enrique Mazzola, Kirill Karabits, Teodor Currentzis, Emanuelle Villaume, Michael Sturminger, Omer Meir Wellber, Alain Altinoglou, Daniele Callegari, and Mikhail Tatarnikov.
Despite his youth, he has already appeared at Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, Teatro Colon, Cologne Opera, Sydney Opera House, Perm State Opera and Mariinsky Theatre. He also gave his role debut as Billy in the Russian premiere of Britten’s Billy Budd (Mikhailovsky Theatre, St. Petersburg).
The 2018/19 season includes his role and house debut as Don Giovanni at Palm Beach opera and returns to Opernhaus Zurich for a new production of Cosi fan tutte (Serebrennikov), his role debut of Wolfram in Tannhäuser. In concert he will sing Rachmaninov The Bells, with the Houston and Dallas Symphonies. In seasons to come he will give his company debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as well as Semperoper Dresden. He will also return to Opera Australia and Dallas Opera.
Andrei has recorded Don Giovanni (title role) and Le nozze di Figaro (Conte) for Sony Classics, Rachmaninov songs with Iain Burnside at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh for Delphian Records, as well as the highly-acclaimed Lieutenant Kijé Suite on the BIS label.
Peter Coleman-Wright has performed throughout the worlds great Opera Houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera (most recently in the title role of Glanert’s Caligula) and the Glyndebourne Festival. He created the roles of John in Johnathan Harvey’s Inquest of Love, Colin in David Blake’s The Plumbers Gift and Harry Joy in Brett Dean’s Bliss which he performed in Australia and at the Edinburgh Festival.
He has sung in the opera houses of Paris, Bordeaux, Munich, Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan, Florence and at the Aix-en Provence and Bregenz Festivals. In North America he has sung in Houston, Santa Fe, New York (City Opera) and Vancouver.
For his native Australia he has sung Scarpia, Macbeth, Mandryka, Don Giovanni, Il Conte, Germont, Billy Budd, Balstrode, Pizzaro, Onegin, Golaud, and Sweeney Todd, winning the Helpmann Award for Best actor in a Musical.
As a concert artist he has performed in all the major venues throughout the world, most notably at the BBC Proms, the South Bank Centre. Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, Avery Fisher Hall, New York, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Concert Hall and he has recorded extensively for Telarc, Chandos, Hyperion, and EMI.
He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Melbourne, and was awarded the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Samuel Dale Johnson
Samuel’s roles as part of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at Covent Garden included Wigmaker Ariadne auf Naxos, Morales Carmen, Zalzal L’Étoile and Thésée Oedipe, Silvio Pagliacci and Albert Werther. During the 2015/16 season Samuel also made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra in Tom Ades’ orchestral work Brahms, conducted by the composer.
In January 2017, Samuel joined the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin where his roles included the Imperial Commissioner Madama Butterfly, Clerk Death in Venice, Matthieu Andrea Chénier, the Bosun Billy Budd, Ping Turandot, Border Guard Boris Gudonov and the Flemish Deputy Don Carlo. Other highlights of recent seasons include Conte Le nozze di Figaro, title role Eugene Onegin, which The Herald praised as “a performance that transcends such distractions by being beautifully measured and characterful as well as excellently sung”, and Silvio Pagliacci for Scottish Opera and Guglielmo for Northern Ireland Opera.
In the 2018/19 season, Samuel will return to the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin where his roles will include title role Don Giovanni, Escamillo Carmen, Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia, Matthieu André Chénier, Angelotti Tosca, Dr. Falke Die Fledermaus and Count Monterone Rigoletto. He will also make his debut appearance at the Dvořák Festival Prague for a performance of The American Flag.
Neal Davies studied at King’s College, London and the Royal Academy of Music, and won the Lieder Prize at the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He has sung with the world’s leading orchestras, under Sir Mark Elder, Paul McCreesh, Ivor Bolton, Mariss Jansons, Pierre Boulez, Christoph von Dohnanyi, David Zinman, Juanjo Mena, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Frans Brüggen, John Storgårds, Edward Gardner and Daniel Harding. A regular guest of the Edinburgh Festival, BBC Proms, English National Opera and Welsh National Opera, he has also performed with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Opera di Roma and Lyric Opera of Chicago. He appears in Charpentier’s David et Jonathas from Aix-en-Provence, which is available on DVD. Concert highlights for the 2018/19 season include appearances with Les violons du Roy and Philadelphia Orchestra (Bernard Labadie), the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (Jonathan Cohen), the Bach Collegium Japan (Masaaki Suzuki) and Music of the Baroque (Jane Glover). He will return to the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin for King Arthur.
Directors & Baritone/Bass-baritone
Dale Duesing began his musical studies in Milwaukee as a pianist. At Lawrence University in Wisconsin he switched from piano to voice and has subsequently pursued a major international vocal career. After a hugely successful career as a singer performing at the world’s great opera houses and with the world’s great orchestras and conductors he turned to directing. He made his directorial debut at Frankfurt Opera with Viaggio in Rheims to sensational critical acclaim and was nominated for Opernwelt’s best production and best director. He has also directed Medea for the Nationale Reisopera and The Rape of Lucretia and Les Contes d’Hoffmann also for Frankfurt Opera.
Born in Montreal, Etienne completed his vocal studies at McGill University and as a member of l’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal.
Etienne has appeared at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Posa Don Carlo, Zurga Les Pêcheurs de Perles, returned as Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Germont La Traviata, Marcello La bohème, Silvio Pagliacci, Renato Un ballo in maschera and as the title role in Eugene Onegin. He has also performed Joe de Rocher Dead Man Walking and created the role of Pink in the world premiere of Another Brick in the Wall at Opéra de Montréal, Oreste Iphigénie en Tauride for the Opéra de Paris, Zurga with Opera National du Rhin, Opernhaus Zurich and Opéra de Nantes, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Calgary Opera, Metternich L’Aiglon with Montreal Symphony Orchestra and L’Heure Espagnole & L’Enfant et les Sortilèges at the Glyndebourne Festival.
A Harewood Artist at the English National Opera, Matthew’s roles for the company have so far included Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fiorello The Barber of Seville, Marullo Rigoletto, Yamadori Madam Butterfly, Ormonte Partenope, Polyphemus Acis and Galatea and Malcolm Fleet in the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie.
Elsewhere he has sung Masetto Don Giovanni for the Opéra de Rouen Haute Normandie and in Versailles, the role of Captain in Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus for Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells and Melisso Alcina and Elviro Serse for Longborough Festival Opera.
Highlights in his 2018/19 season include Schaunard La bohème and Hel Helson Paul Bunyan for English National Opera; Demetrius for L’Opéra Comédie de Montpellier and Masetto for Longborough Festival Opera.