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 2019/20 season includes Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro on tour with Currentzis and Musica Aeterna in Vienna and Lucern; Andrei will reprise this role later in the season with Opera Australia and at The Bolshoi Theatre. Andrei will make his debut at the Royal Opera House as Marcello in La bohème and as Don Giovanni at Teatro Stabile del Veneto, Padova and will return to New Isreali Opera in the title role in Eugene Onegin.
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.
American Bass-baritone Brandon Cedel is a recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and was an ensemble member of Oper Frankfurt from 2016-2019.
Highlights in his 2020/21 season include Lieutenant Ratcliffe BIlly Budd for the Metropolitan Opera and the title role in a new production of Handel’s Hercules at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe.
Elsewhere he has sung Masetto Don Giovanni for the Metropolitan Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Leporello Don Giovanni and Argante Rinaldo for the Glyndebourne Festival; Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia for the Boston Lyric Opera; the title role in Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Philadelphia and the Stuttgart Staatsoper and Colline La bohème and Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Canadian Opera Company.
His many roles for Oper Frankfurt include Masetto, Sprecher Die Zauberflöte, Lieutenant Ratcliffe Billy Budd, Argante, Ariodate Xerxes, Cesare Angelotti Tosca, Brander La damnation de Faust and Achior in Mozart’s La Betulia Liberata.
Future seasons see him return to the Metropolitan Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival and make his debut at Teatro alla Scala, Milan.
The Siberian baritone is a member of the prestigious Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. He has already performed the title role in Eugene Onegin on the stage of the Mariinsky.
He took part in the Moscow Easter Festival (2012 and 2013), and with the Mariinsky Academy he has already sung recitals in venues such as Wigmore Hall, London, Serate Musicali, Milan, Prinzregententheater Munich, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, Brucknerhaus Linz, Opéra national du Bordeaux and concert halls in Russia, Asia and Europe, mostly accompanied by Larissa Gergieva.
Gregory graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory (2006-2011). He was winner of the 8th Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Singers in Saint Petersburg (2011) and of the 5th Nadezhda Obukhova Russian National Competition for Young Vocalists in Lipetsk (2012). He also came in second at the 3rd Maxim Mikhailov Competition for Young Opera Singers in Kaluga (2013) and the 9th International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition in Tikhvin (2015).
He took part in the Moscow Easter Festival (2012 and 2013), and he also performed at the Grand Theatre de Genève, the Prince Regent Theatre in Munich, and in concert halls in Russia and Europe. Gregory will continue to study at the Mariinsky Academy and perform on the stages of the Mariinsky Theatre.
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 Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Escamillo Carmen, 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 2020/21 season, Samuel’s roles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin include the title role Don Giovanni, Don Alvaro Il viaggio a Reims and Angelotti Tosca. He will also make his Zurich Opera debut as Belcore L’elisir d’amore and appear in concert with the Bordeaux Opera.
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.
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, Schaunard La bohème, Fiorello The Barber of Seville, Marullo Rigoletto, Yamadori Madam Butterfly, Hel Helson Paul Bunyan, Ormonte Partenope, Polyphemus Acis and Galatea and Malcolm Fleet in the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie.
Elsewhere he has sung Belcore L’elisir d’amore for Glyndebourne on Tour; Masetto Don Giovanni for the Opéra de Rouen Haute Normandie, in Versailles and for Longborough Festival Opera; Demetrius for L’Opéra Comédie de Montpellier; 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.