Graeme Broadbent

Credit: Andrew Lomax


Graeme Broadbent studied at the Royal College of Music with Lyndon Vanderpump and in Moscow with Yevgeny Nesterenko. He was awarded the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire Postgraduate Diploma in 1991. He has performed with the Opera Comique, Theatre des Champs- Elysees, Theater an der Wien, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Festspielhaus Baden- Baden, New Zealand Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (Dudamel) and Accademia Santa Cecilia (Pappano). New productions for Opera North included Pinocchio, Der Zwerg and Seven Deadly Sins; and many roles for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden included Colline La boheme, Angelotti Tosca and King Marke Tristan und Isolde. Engagements include Eugene Onegin for the Scottish Opera, a new commission Monstrous Child for the Linbury Theatre of the Royal Opera House, Lieutenant Ratcliffe Billy Budd for the Bolshoi Theatre, and Menotti’s The Consul for the Welsh National Opera.



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    03 Jun 17 Mozart: Don Giovanni Opera Holland Park

    “Graeme Broadbent as the Commendatore is both authoritative and sonorous. He also makes a wonderful corpse in the meat larder of the ship’s kitchens.”
    Howard Shepherdson, Limelight

    “The stand-out performance of the evening was Graeme Broadbent in the role of the Commendatore. His zombie-like resurrection in the climactic final scene created a real chill in the air and the singing was powerful and thrilling in exactly the way it should be.”
    Robert Beattie, Seen and Heard International

    “Graeme Broadbent bellows authoritatively as the Commendatore.”
    Hannah Nepil, Financial Times

    “Graeme Broadbent excelled as the Commendatore in quite the most chilling descent into Hell I can recall..”
    Mark Valencia, What’s On Stage

    “Graeme Broadbent whose bass could hardly be bettered in the role of the Commendatore.”
    Sam Smith, Music OMH

    “Graeme Broadbent’s gritty bass made for a strong Commendatore.”
    Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack

    “Graeme Broadbent thundered most impressively as the Commendatore…”
    Alexander Campbell, Classical Source

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    02 Nov 15 Luigi ROSSI 'Orpheus' Royal Opera
    Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

    “Graeme Broadbent steals the show as the cynical Satyr who advises the men that marriage will be merely trouble and strife, he projects robust good humour while thrilling us with a gravelly basso profondo.”
    David Karlin, BachTrack, 2 November 2015

    “Graeme Broadbent and Mark Milhofer stretched their resounding bass voices to impossible depths to provide the comic element.”
    William Hartson, Express, 29 October 2015

    “Graeme Broadbent outstandingly basso-profundo as Pluto”
    David Nice, The Arts Desk, 24 October 2015

    “Graeme Broadbent reveals the most magnificent bass voice as the Satyr and Pluto.”
    Sam Smith,, 7 November 2015

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    23 Apr 14 CAVALLI 'L'Ormindo' Royal Opera
    Sam Wanamaker Theatre

    “…with Graeme Broadbent, Harry Nicoll and James Laing completing a sterling cast.”
    Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

    “Graeme Broadbent was a magisterial King – this is one of the truly great bass voices, and it’s worth going just to hear him utter those sonorous notes.”
    Melanie Eskanazie, Music OMH

    “In striking contrast there’s a handsomely dark bass from Graeme Broadbent as the old man.”
    Michael White, New York Times

    “Graeme Broadbent’s cavernous bass king”
    Erica Jeal, The Guardian

    “Broadbent convincingly evoked the King’s earnestness when he agonisingly reflects that he has unwittingly commanded the execution of both his wife and his son. Learning that his ‘victims’ are in fact not dead but merely sleeping, Broadbent’s final concerted arioso was full of renewed vigour, representing his hope for a happy conclusion to his years.”
    Claire Seymour, Seen and Heard

    “Graeme Broadbent introduces a moment of drama when his besotted King turns murderous at his wife’s betrayal.”

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    05 Jun 13 SULLIVAN 'The Pirates of Penzance'
    Scottish Opera

    “Graeme Broadbent’s camp Yorkshire Sergeant is a hit with the audiences.”
    Rosenna East, Glasgow Herald

    “Richard Suart and Graeme Broadbent bring a refreshing individuality to the Major General and Sergeant of Police.”
    Ken Walton, The Scotsman

    “Graeme Broadbent gives a fine turn as Police Sergeant.”
    Kate Molleson, The Guardian

    “Graeme Broadbent’s leering Sergeant of Police, bemoaning the constabulary’s lot, comes straight from the Ministry of Silly Walks.”
    Sara Urwin Jones, The Times


Powder her Face Hotel manager

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Theseus
Billy Budd Claggart

Ezio Ezio

Orfeo Caronte
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria Nettuno

Die Zauberflöte Sarastro
Don Giovanni Commendatore

Boris Godunov Pimen

Turandot Timur
La bohème Colline
La fanciulla del West Larkens
Tosca Angelotti

Il barbiere di Siviglia Don Basilio

Eugene Onegin Gremin

Hamlet Claudius, Horatio

Aida King
Attila Leone
Falstaff Pistola
Otello Lodovico
Rigoletto Sparafucile
La traviata Dr Grenvil

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Nightwatchman
Parsifal Titurel
Tristan und Isolde King Mark

Seven Deadly Sins Mother

Der Zwerg Don Estoban