Tenor

Toby Spence

Introduction

Toby Spence has sung with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, the Paris Opera, English National Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro Real, Madrid, Theater an der Wien, and the Hamburgische Staatsoper, and at the Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence and Edinburgh festivals.

On the concert platform he works with Sir Simon Rattle, Andris Nelsons, Thomas Adés, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Semyon Bychkov.

Engagements for the 2017/18 season include  In concert, Toby will appear with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Houston Symphony..

Recent operatic engagements Captain Vere in the Teatro Real’s new production of Billy Budd, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni at the Liceu Barcelona, Anatol Vanessa at Frankfurt Opera and Ghandi Satyagraha for English National Opera. Forthcoming Toby will sing Captain Vere Billy Budd at Opera di Roma, Les Illuminations for Teatro Real Madrid, Pylades Iphigénie with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and will make his debut as Florestan Fidelio.


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Performance Schedule

  • 20:00 08 May 2018 Opera di Roma, ROME More info  

    BENJAMIN BRITTEN Billy Budd

    Conductor: James Conlon
    Director: Deborah Warner
    Billy Budd: Jacques Imbrailo
    Edward Fairfax Vere: Toby Spence
    John Claggart: John Relyea
    Mr Redburn: Thomas Oliemans
    Mr Flint: Zachary Altman
    Lieutenant Ratcliffe: David Shipley
    Red Whiskers: Christopher Lemmings
    Donald: Jonathan Michie
    Novice: Keith Jameson
    Squeak: Matthew O’neill

  • 20:00 10 May 2018 Opera di Roma, ROME More info  

    BENJAMIN BRITTEN Billy Budd

    Conductor: James Conlon
    Director: Deborah Warner
    Billy Budd: Jacques Imbrailo
    Edward Fairfax Vere: Toby Spence
    John Claggart: John Relyea
    Mr Redburn: Thomas Oliemans
    Mr Flint: Zachary Altman
    Lieutenant Ratcliffe: David Shipley
    Red Whiskers: Christopher Lemmings
    Donald: Jonathan Michie
    Novice: Keith Jameson
    Squeak: Matthew O’neill

  • 18:00 12 May 2018 Opera di Roma, ROME More info  

    BENJAMIN BRITTEN Billy Budd

    Conductor: James Conlon
    Director: Deborah Warner
    Billy Budd: Jacques Imbrailo
    Edward Fairfax Vere: Toby Spence
    John Claggart: John Relyea
    Mr Redburn: Thomas Oliemans
    Mr Flint: Zachary Altman
    Lieutenant Ratcliffe: David Shipley
    Red Whiskers: Christopher Lemmings
    Donald: Jonathan Michie
    Novice: Keith Jameson
    Squeak: Matthew O’neill

  • 16:30 13 May 2018 Opera di Roma, ROME More info  

    BENJAMIN BRITTEN Billy Budd

    Conductor: James Conlon
    Director: Deborah Warner
    Billy Budd: Jacques Imbrailo
    Edward Fairfax Vere: Toby Spence
    John Claggart: John Relyea
    Mr Redburn: Thomas Oliemans
    Mr Flint: Zachary Altman
    Lieutenant Ratcliffe: David Shipley
    Red Whiskers: Christopher Lemmings
    Donald: Jonathan Michie
    Novice: Keith Jameson
    Squeak: Matthew O’neill

  • 20:00 15 May 2018 Opera di Roma, ROME More info  

    BENJAMIN BRITTEN Billy Budd

    Conductor: James Conlon
    Director: Deborah Warner
    Billy Budd: Jacques Imbrailo
    Edward Fairfax Vere: Toby Spence
    John Claggart: John Relyea
    Mr Redburn: Thomas Oliemans
    Mr Flint: Zachary Altman
    Lieutenant Ratcliffe: David Shipley
    Red Whiskers: Christopher Lemmings
    Donald: Jonathan Michie
    Novice: Keith Jameson
    Squeak: Matthew O’neill

  • 19:00 20 May 2018 Barbican Centre, LONDON More info  

    BEETHOVEN ‘Missa Solemnis’

    Soprano: Camilla Tilling
    Mezzo Soprano: Sasha Cooke
    Tenor: Toby Spence
    Bass Baritone: Luca Pisaroni
    Ensemble: London Symphony Chorus

  • 13:00 04 Jun 2018 Wigmore Hall, LONDON More info  

    FRANZ SCHUBERT
    Text by Wilhelm Mueller, translated by Jeremy Sams

    ‘Die schöne Müllerin’ / ‘The Fair Maid of the Mill’

    ‘Das Wandern’ / ‘Somewhere’
    ‘Wohin?’ / ‘Where now?’
    ‘Halt!’ / ‘Stop!’
    ‘Danksagung an den Bach’ / ‘A thank you to the stream’
    ‘Am Feierabend’ / ‘The end of a long days work’
    ‘Der Neugierige’ / Curiosity’
    ‘Ungeduld’ / ‘Impatience’
    ‘Morgengruß’ / ‘Good morning’
    ‘Des Müllers Blumen’ / ‘The millers flowers’
    ‘Tränenregen’ / ‘Tears like rain’
    ‘Mein!’ / ‘Mine!’
    ‘Pause’ / ‘Interlude’
    ‘Mit dem grünen Lautenbande’ / The green ribbon’
    ‘Der Jäger’ / ‘The huntsman’
    ‘Eifersucht und Stolz’ / Jealousy and Pride’
    ‘Die liebe Farbe’ / ‘Her favourite colour’
    ‘Die böse Farbe’ / ‘The hated colour’
    ‘Trockne Blumen’ / ‘Withered flowers’
    ‘Der Müller und der Bach’ / ‘The Miller and the Brook’
    ‘Des Baches Wiegenlied’ / ‘The Brook sings a lullaby’

    Piano: Christopher Glynn

From The Green Room

Discography

 

Repertoire

OPERATIC REPERTOIRE INCLUDES:

ADES
‘The Tempest’ (Ferdinand)

BARBER
‘Vanessa’ (Anatol)

BERNSTEIN
‘Candide’ (title role)

BRITTEN
‘Billy Budd’ (Captain Vere)
‘Curlew River’ (Madwoman)
‘Gloriana’ (Robert Devereux)
‘Rape of Lucretia’ (Male Chorus)
‘Turn of the Screw’ (Peter Quint)

GLASS
‘Satyagraha’ (Ghandi)

GLUCK
‘Iphigénie en Tauride’ (Pylades)

GOUNOD
‘Faust’ (Faust)

HANDEL
‘Acis and Galatea’ (Acis)
‘Hercules’ (Hyllas)

MONTERVERDI
‘Il ritorno d’Ulisse’ (Telemaco)

MOZART
‘Così fan tutte’ (Ferrando)
‘Don Giovanni’ (Don Ottavio)
‘Idomeneo’ (title role)
‘Die Zauberflöte’ (Tamino)
‘La Clemenza di Tito’ (Tito)

OFFENBACH
‘La belle Helene’ (Paris)

STRAUSS, J.
‘Die Fledermaus’ (Eisenstein)

STRAUSS R.
‘Die Schweigsame Frau’ (Henry Morosus)

STRAVINSKY
‘The Rake’s Progress’ (Tom Rakewell)

TCHAIKOVSKY
‘Eugene Onegin’ (Lensky)

THOMAS
‘Hamlet’ (Laertes)

VERDI
‘Falstaff’ (Fenton)

WAGNER
‘Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’ (David)

 

CONCERT REPERTOIRE INCLUDES:

BACH
‘St Matthew Passion’
‘St John Passion’
‘B minor Mass’

BEETHOVEN
‘Missa Solemnis’
Symphony no.9
‘Christus am Oelberg’

BERLIOZ
‘Grand Messe des Mortes’
‘L’enfant du Christ’
‘Les Nuits d’ete’

BERNSTEIN
‘Mass’

BRITTEN
‘Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings’
‘Les Illuminations’
‘Nocturne’
‘War Requiem’
‘Ballad of Heroes’
‘Cantata Misericordium’
‘Saint Nicholas’

BRUCKNER
‘Mass in F minor’
‘Mass in D minor’
‘Te Deum’

BRUCH
‘Das Lied von der Glocke’

DELIUS
‘Song of the High Hills’

DOVE
‘There was a Child’

ELGAR
‘The Dream of Gerontius’

FINZI
‘Dies Natalis’

HANDEL
‘La resurrezione’
‘Messiah’

HAYDN
‘Mass in B-flat Major’
‘The Creation’

JANACEK
‘The Diary of One Who Disappeared’

LULLY
‘Grands Motets’

LUTOSLAWSKI
‘Paroles Tissées’

MAHLER
‘Das Lied von der Erde’
‘Das klagende Lied’
‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’

MENDELSSOHN
‘Lobgesang’
‘Die erste Walpurgisnacht’
‘Elijah’

MOZART
‘Mass in C minor’
‘Vesperae Solennes de Confessore’
‘Requiem’

PURCELL
‘Ode to St Cecilia’

RAMEAU
Les Boréades

ROSSINI
‘Stabat Mater’

SCHUBERT
‘Offertorium for tenor, choir and orchestra’

STRAVINSKY
‘Perséphone’

SZYMANOWSKI
‘Symphony no.3’

TIPPETT
‘A Child of Our Time’

Articles

 

I Wasn’t Scared of Death – Though the Cancer was Very Advanced
Anna Picard / The Times / January 2018
Click here to read article

The Road Ahead
Ashutosh Khandekar / Opera Now / November 2013
Click here to read article

An introspective journey
John Allison / The Sunday Telegraph / 5 May 2013
Click here to read article

 

Wardsbrook

In addition to his busy singing career, Toby – with his brother Magnus – has launched an exciting recital series in Wardsbrook, East Sussex. The concerts take place in a beautifully converted Tudor barn in the heart of the Sussex Downs. The series in 2013 features four wonderful recitalists – Stéphane Degout, Sarah Connolly, Sir Thomas Allen and Christiane Karg – along with the accompanist Malcolm Martineau, with all the proceeds of the events going to St. Michael’s Hospice in Hastings. For information on the Wardsbrook concerts please click here.

To listen to Toby talking about Wardsbrook on Radio 4, please click here.