John Pumphrey

John Pumphrey


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Born in Scotland, John Pumphrey read languages at Oxford University (1998-2002).  From 2007–2009 he studied opera on a full scholarship with Stephen Robertson at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.  He was a member of the Flanders Opera Studio in Belgium from 2009–2010, and of the Opera Studio of the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg from 2010-2012.  Currently he is a soloist in the ensemble at the Theater Plauen-Zwickau in Saxony.Roles he has performed includeFerrando in Cosi fan Tutte, Truffaldino in Prokoviev’s For the Love of Three Oranges, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Prunier and Gobin in Puccini’s La Rondine, Oronte in Alcina, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Nadir in Ali Baba et les Quarante Voleurs by Cherubini, Jean in Le Chat Botté by César Cui, Spoletta in Tosca, Pasek in The Cunning Little Vixen, Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro, Remendado in Carmen, Normanno in Lucia di Lamermoor, Count Stanislaus in Carl Zeller’s Der Vogelhändler, Prince Saphir in Offenbach’s Bluebeard, Ecclitico in Haydn’s Mondo della Luna, Doctor Siedler in Im Weißen Rössl (Benatzky), Kadi Mustapha in The Barber of Bagdad (Cornelius), Pygmalion in The Beautiful Galatea (von Suppé) and Beppe in Pagliacci.He has worked with conductors such as Donald Runnicles, Daniele Callegari and Patrick Fournillier, and stage directors such as Olivier Py, Mariame Clément and Robert Carsen.As a concert singer John was a winner of the Tony and Tania Webster Prize for Russian song and the Hugh Robertson Award for Scots Song while at the RSAMD as well as the Concours International d'Interprétation de la Mélodie Française in Toulouse.  He was a soloist in Vaughan-Williams Serenade to Music at the BBC Proms in 2010.  He has performed in numerous oratorios, including the evangelist and tenor arias in Bach’s Saint John Passion and The Christmas Oratorio, and the solo tenor parts in Handel’s Messiah, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with choral societies in the UK, Belgium and Germany. 
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