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Callum Thorpe

Callum Thorpe    Bass-baritone

Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

Callum was scheduled to sing Bach 'Mass in B minor' in the Great Hall, University of Reading on November 16th, 2013 but was indisposed.

Verdi Requiem at University of Reading, 28th June, 2014

Callum Thorpe            Bass-baritone

Callum began singing as a chorister in Coventry Cathedral Choir before pursuing a scientific career, obtaining a PhD in Immunology from Imperial College London. Supported by both the Sir Thomas White Educational Foundation and the Josephine Baker Trust, he subsequently returned to music and studied on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music, London with Mark Wildman, where he was awarded the Harry Fischer Memorial Prize, graduating with distinction in 2009.

Callum was awarded the Glyndebourne on Tour 2009 Donald A Anderson Award, and currently studies with John Llewelyn Evans.

Operatic engagements include Masetto Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne on Tour and for Garsington Opera. In a flourishing collaboration with Les Arts Florissants, Callum has performed The Fairy Queen on tour in Paris, Caen and New York with William Christie, The Indian Queen with Paul Agnew, Phobétor Atys and a series of concerts in France, Spain and the US entitled Le Jardin de Monsieur Lully, Pluto in Charpentier's La descente d'Orphée aux Enfers and Adonis in Blow's Venus & Adonis (Cohen).

Callum has also participated in masterclasses with Jose Cura, Robert Tear and Dennis O'Neill. While at the Royal Academy roles included Giove La Calisto, Figaro (cover) Le Nozze di Figaro (with Sir Colin Davis), Mylkin Cheryomushki, Pinellino Gianni Schicchi and Father/Prince in the world première of John Barber's Rapunzel.

Further operatic engagements have included Arthur/Officer 3 in Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse (Dartington International Festival).

On the concert platform Callum has sung much of the major oratorio repertoire and regularly performs both throughout the country and internationally; highlights include debuts at Tel Aviv Opera House, performing Handel Israel in Egypt with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under Laurence Cummings, and both Handel Esther and Acis & Galatea at the London Handel Festival. His concert repertoire further includes Bach St John Passion, Verdi Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Handel Messiah, Haydn Creation and Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle.

Engagements last season included Masetto Don Giovanni at the Birgitta Festival in Estonia, Polyphemus Acis & Galatea at the Festival de Thiré (William Christie), Loudspeaker in Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis for English Touring Opera, Plutone L'Orfeo for Silent Opera, Acis & Galatea (1732 version) for Basel Kammerorchester (Paul Goodwin) in Paris & Vienna, Hippolyte et Aricie for Glyndebourne Festival and a performance of Britten's Noye's Fludde at the Two Moors Festival. Future engagements include Billy Jackrabbit in the new production of La Fanciulla del West for Opera North, St Matthew Passion Limburgs Symfonie Orkest (Paul Goodwin), the world première performances of Fujikura's Solaris (Paris, Lille & Lausanne) and Valens Theodora at the Théâtre de Champs Elysées.

October, 2013