Graeme Broadbent


Graeme Broadbent studied at the Royal College of Music and with Yevgeny Nesterenko at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Moscow.  He was a member of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, where his many roles included Colline (“La Boheme”), Timur (“Turandot”) and King Marke (“Tristan und Isolde”). 

For Opera North he has sung Zemlinsky’s “Der Zwerg”, Weill’s “Seven Deadly Sins”, Falla’s “La Vida Breve”, Angelotti ("Tosca"), Caronte (Monteverdi’s “Orfeo”) and Jonathan Dove's "Pinocchio"; for Opera Holland Park he has sung Gremin (“Eugene Onegin”), Sulpice (“Fille du Regiment”), Raleigh (“Roberto Devereux”), Nilakantha (“Lakme”) and Sparafucile ("Rigoletto).  Other engagements have included Commendatore (“Don Giovanni”) and Foltz ("Meistersinger") for the Glyndebourne Festival, Father Trulove ("The Rake's Progress") and Basilio for Scottish Opera, Basilio (“The Barber of Seville”) for English National Opera and the Knussen double bill of "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Higgledy Piggledy Pop" in Los Angeles, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. He has appeared with the Opera Comique, in Lyon, Montpellier, Nimes, Caen, Monte Carlo, at the Lugano, Granada, Athens and Peralada Festivals, the New Zealand Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Theater an der Wien and the Baden-Baden Festival. Recently he sang his first Claggart in Billy Budd for the Mikhailovsky Theatre, Sergeant Major in Pirates of Penzance for Scottish Opera, and Swallow in Billy Budd with Sir Antonio Pappano and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome. Graeme will appear in the Royal Opera production of Cavalli's Ormindo, which will be staged at the Globe Theatre, and will return to the Glyndebourne Festival.

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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