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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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