Was a chorister at Westminster Abbey, ran away to play THE WINSLOW BOY in its first West End revival, was a member of the National Youth Theatre, read English at Cambridge and studied at the Royal College of Music Opera School.
He has sung baritone and buffo roles at La Scala, Milan, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Paris Chatelet, Barcelona Liceu, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Bregenzer Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, Almeida Opera, Aldeburgh Opera, Grange Park Opera, Garsington Opera, Opera Holland Park, London Contemporary Opera, MTL and in Hamburg and Amsterdam. New productions at ENO in which he has sung roles include LA BOHEME, LE GRAND MACABRE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE TALES OF HOFFMANN, THE MERRY WIDOW, CANDIDE.
| He has sung the baritone patter roles in Gilbert and Sullivan at the Savoy Theatre and throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with D'Oyly Carte, Carl Rosa, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Raymond Gubbay, Opera della Luna, Grange Park Opera, The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, BBC Proms, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and others. He is an Honorary Vice President of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Honorary President of the University of Birmingham Gilbert and Sullivan Society and an Honorary Patron of Peterborough Gilbert and Sullivan Players.
Formerly a tenor, but never drawing the line even at the soprano or mezzo repertoire, roles he
has also sung include Ferrando, Ottavio, Basilio, Marcellina, Monostatos, Lensky, Orlofsky, Clorinda, Pangloss, Menelaus, Benoit, Bobinet, Jim Cocks, Lady Crusoe, Baron Zeta, Njegus, Dr Cajus, Andres/Cochenille/Frantz/Pitichinaccio, Black Minister, Starveling, Aminta, Arlecchino and Frosch. Many of his performances have been televised by BBCTV, SkyTV and by German, French, Austrian, Spanish, Swiss, Czech, Slovakian, Bulgarian, Luxemburger, Maltese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese and South African television.
At Aldeburgh Festivals he has performed PIERROT LUNAIRE, ENOCH ARDEN, FAÇADE, title role ARLECCHINO, Haushofmeister ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Sparrow THE CRICKET RECOVERS and his own narrations for THE YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA and PETER AND THE WOLF (with CBSO).
He has appeared as a soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, RLPO, CBSO, BBC Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Tate ensemble and others.
HE HAS WRITTEN AND TRANSLATED for stage, screen and opera house: commissions include
a new play for LET’S MAKE AN OPERA, (Britten Estate/Aldeburgh Productions); his critically acclaimed television credits include writing and presenting the drama documentaries A SALARIED WIT (about George Grossmith), A GOOSEBERRY FOOL (about Oliver Goldsmith), and the five part series about Gilbert and Sullivan: A MOTLEY PAIR (Sky Arts/Capriol Films); he translated Mozart lyrics for WHAT MADE MOZART TICK? (Channel 4) and he has made versions of THE MAGIC FLUTE and Humperdinck’s HANSEL AND GRETEL (Wigmore Hall), THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (Covent Garden Festival), FIDELIO (Brighton Festival/Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), DIE ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL (Boston Symphony Orchestra/Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), and THE MERRY WIDOW (John Wilson/Philharmonia Orchestra).
Other opera translations include SOSARME, LA PIETRA DEL PARAGONE, IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, FRA DIAVOLO and LA VOIX HUMAINE and he has published essays on Schoenberg, Strauss, Verdi, Britten and Gilbert & Sullivan.DIRECTING credits include
HMS PINAFORE and THE MIKADO for Raymond Gubbay at the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall and on tour: THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD for the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and the RLPO at Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool; THE MERRY WIDOW (Philharmonia/RFH); THE MIKADO for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival at Buxton Opera
House and he staged the TURANDOT sequence in the Warner Bros. movie CHASING
FILM credits include
TOPSY-TURVY, NIGHT MUSIC, CHASING LIBERTY, FALSTAFF, WARLOCK, SOME LITTLE JOY and MEICOST ETTAL.
TELEVISION credits include
Two series of BY THE SWORD DIVIDED, STALKY AND CO, THE SILVER BUCKLE, AFTER THE WAR, TEN GLORIOUS YEARS, LET THEM EAT CAKE, THE LENNY HENRY SHOW, THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, GOODBYE MR CHIPS, SPITTING IMAGE, LONDON’S BURNING, WHAT MADE MOZART TIC, TWENTIETH CENTURY GREATS, A SALARIED WIT, CANDIDE, THE MAGIC FLUTE, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, COSI FAN TUTTE, LA CENERENTOLA, SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, A GOOSEBERRY FOOL, LA BOHEME, A MOTLEY PAIR, LE GRAND MACABRE .
THEATRE credits include
THE WINSLOW BOY (Albery Theatre); THE RELAPSE (Old Vic); THE WHITE GUARD and PETER PAN (RSC); AN ITALIAN STRAW HAT (Shaftesbury Theatre); SWEENEY TODD (Drury Lane); CATS (New London); CIDER WITH ROSIE and MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 (Greenwich); EUGENE ONEGIN and SEVEN SONNETS OF MICHELANGELO (Lyric, Hammersmith); JOURNEY’S END (Drill Hall); HENRY V, GOODBYE MR CHIPS, VALMOUTH, FORTY YEARS ON and DIVORCE ME DARLING (Chichester); HAY FEVER, A WINTER’S TALE, CANDIDE, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (UK tours) and seasons with Music Theatre London at the Donmar and Arts Theatre.
RADIO credits include pieces by Tom Stoppard, Katherine Mansfield, Christopher Logue and the radio 4 sitcom, TAKING IT UP THE OCTAVE, as well as live broadcasts of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (from La Scala, Milan), PATIENCE (BBC Proms), CANDIDE (from Paris Chatelet), PORGY AND BESS (from RFH) and his narration for DIE ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL (Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood).
He has recorded VALMOUTH and THE GIRLS OF RADCLIFF HALL as audio books for QClassics.