Graeme Broadbent


Graeme Broadbent studied at the Royal College of Music with Lyndon Vanderpump and with Yevgeny Nesterenko in Moscow, entering the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire with the assistance of scholarships from the British Council and the Soviet Government.

He has appeared in recital and oratorio throughout the UK and abroad, at all the major London concert halls and at the BBC Proms. Operatic engagements include English National Opera (Basilio and 'Punch and Judy'), Opera Holland Park (Gremin, Sparafucile, Nilakantha, Ramfis), Glyndebourne Festival (Commendatore, 'Die Meistersingers von Nürnberg'), Baden-Baden Festival (Pistola), Theatre des Champs- Elysees ('La Calisto'), Scottish Opera (Basilio, Father Trulove, Sergeant of Police), Stuttgart Opera and Theater an der Wien ('Seven Deadly Sins'), and in 'Powder her Face' for the Almeida and Aldeburgh Festivals (televised on Channel 4). He has also appeared at the New Zealand Opera, the theatres of Lyon, Montpellier and Caen, and at the Spoleto Festival. His many roles for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden include Colline, Angelotti, Timur, Nightwatchman and King Marke, and in Opera North productions of 'Der Zwerg', 'Seven Deadly Sins', 'La Vida Breve', 'Pinocchio', Monteverdi’s 'Orfeo' and 'Tosca'.

Recent highlights include Claggart in 'Billy Budd' for the Mikhailovsky Theatre and Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Aldeburgh Festival’s production of Oliver Knussen’s 'Where the Wild Things Are' with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel, 'Pirates of Penzance' for Scottish Opera, 'L’ormindo' staged at the Globe Theatre, Ramfis in 'Aida' for Opera Holland Park, Commendatore and Padre Guardiano ('La forza del destino') at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, and the Voice of Neptune in 'Idomeneo' for the Royal Opera House. This season he returns to Scottish Opera for 'Le nozze di Figaro'.

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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)

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Royal Opera at the 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



Royal Opera at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre

...bass Graeme Broadbent as the impotent Ariadenus, who managed to stir the audience to both ridicule and pity, contempt for his weak passivity being countered by sympathy for his sincerity. Ariadenus’s age and impotence make him the butt of many a cruel joke, but 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. Express
...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

Gilbert and Sullivan

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