Julian Tovey

Julian Tovey

Bass-Baritone

" the audiences’ attention always gravitates to him no matter what is happening on stage"
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«Il concenventissimo protagonista, Julian Tovey»
Il Giornale (2017)
«a superbly subtle Mephistopheles»
MARY LELAND, THE IRISH TIMES (2017)
«er spielt so intensiv stoisch, dass Alban Bergs Musik ihn durchleuchten kann wie ein Roentgenapparat.»
BETTINA KUGLER, ST GALLER TAGBLATT (2017)
2017Mozart: Die ZauberflöteSprecher (speaker)
2017Strauss R.: SalomeJochanaan
2017Wagner: Das RheingoldWotan
2017Weber: Der FreischützCaspar
2017Wagner: GötterdämmerungGunther
2017Hindemith: Mathis der MalerMathis
2017Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelPeter
2017Mozart: Die ZauberflöteSarastro
2017Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelPeter
2016Verdi: La TraviataGiorgio Germont
2015Gounod: FaustMéphistophélès
2015Wagner: Tristan und IsoldeKurwenal
2013Wagner: Das RheingoldDonner
2012Berg: WozzeckWozzeck
2011Weill: Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt MahagonnyDreieinigkeitsmoses
2011Wagner: ParsifalAmfortas
2010Strauss R.: SalomeFirst Nazarene
2010Berg: WozzeckWozzeck
2009Strauss R.: ElektraOrest
2009Bizet: CarmenEscamillo
2008Maazel: 1984Winston
2007Wagner: Das RheingoldDonner
2006Wagner: Das RheingoldDonner
2006Wagner: Das RheingoldDonner
2002Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123, D majorBass

Bio




Notable appearances have included Winston Smith 1984 (La Scala, Milan), the title role in Wozzeck (Theater St Gallen and Israeli Opera), Orest Elektra (with Deborah Polaski and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, under Lorin Maazel), Albert in the world premiere of Fabio Vacchi's Lo Stesso Mare (Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari), Trinity Moses Der Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahogany (Israeli Opera) and Méphistophélès Gounod's Faust (Cork).

Julian has appeared in Der Ring des Nibelungen as Donner with the Canadian Opera Company, Flemish Opera, L'Opéra National du Rhin and Tiroler Festspiele. He covered the role of Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen for ENO,  L'Opera National du Rhin and the Longborough Festival.  Julian sang Erster Nazarener Salome (Netherlands Opera and Royal Opera, Covent Garden), Lo zio Bonzo in Anthony Minghella’s production of Madama Butterfly (English National Opera), Surin Queen of Spades (Opera North) and Conte Almaviva Le Nozze di Figaro (Garsington Opera), Obolski Das Feuerwerk (Wiesbaden), Escamillo Carmen and 1st Workman Der Silbersee (Wexford Festival), Danilo Die Lustige Witwe (Oporto), Emile South Pacific (Dublin) and Brander La Damnation de Faust (Singapore). 

In concert he has appeared as Kurwenal Tristan und Isolde and Amfortas Parsifal, both under Nicholas Braithwaite at Pigott's Farm, in Edinburgh he sang Ein Geisterbote in Die Frau ohne Schatten and in Liverpool and Vienna he appeared as  Maximillian/Captain in Bernstein's Candide. 

Julian Tovey has performed under conductors including Philippe Jordan, Edo de Waart, Ivan Torcz, Martin Brabyns, William Christie, Gustav Kuhn, Gunther Neuhold and Gerard Schwarz. Collaborations with stage directors have included Robert Lepage, David McVicar, Peter Konwitschny, Keith Warner, John Cox, Ivo van Hove and John Fulljames.




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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Sullivan: The Mikado Pooh-bah 1 week Cork Opera 2018
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Sprecher (speaker) 1 week Cork Opera House 2017
Strauss R.: Salome Jochanaan No 2017
Wagner: Das Rheingold Wotan No 2017
Weber: Der Freischütz Caspar No 2017

Awards

Opera Bears award, Ireland, for best visiting artist
2017