Callum Thorpe was outstanding, his large, dark voice and nervy acting bringing some seriously volatile menace to a spivvy and spoilt Masetto
British bass Callum Thorpe initially obtained a PhD in Immunology before focussing on his vocal studies at the Royal Academy of Music. From 2017 to 2021 he was a member of the solo ensemble at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich where roles included Banco Macbeth, Pistola Falstaff, Il Re d’Egitto Aida, Colline La Bohème, Zuniga Carmen, Farfallo Die Schweigsame Frau, Truffaldin Ariadne auf Naxos and Masetto Don Giovanni.
- Il Commendatore/Masetto in Don Giovanni at the Ravenna Festival
- Sparafucile Rigoletto, Angelotti in Tosca and Poacher in Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen at Opera North
- Colline La bohème, Banco Macbeth, Pistola Falstaff, Il Re d’Egitto Aida, Zuniga Carmen, Truffaldino Ariadne auf Naxos, Masetto Don Giovanni – Bayerische Staatsoper Munich
- Bach St John Passion, Il Commendatore Don Giovanni – Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre
- Valens Theodora and Polyphemus Acis and Galatea – William Christie and Les Arts Florissants
- Gibarian in the world première of Fujikura’s Solaris –Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Opéra de Lille and Opéra de Lausanne
- Hunding Die Walküre– Erik Nielsen and the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra
This season’s highlights include Il Commendatore/Masetto in Don Giovanni at the Ravenna Festival with Marc Minkowski; Angelotti in Tosca and Poacher in Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen at Opera North and Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at Garsington Opera while last season he sang Rocco Fidelio for Glyndebourne on Tour; Sparafucile Rigoletto for Opera North and Talbot Maria Stuarda for Irish National Opera. Concerts included Bach Mass in B Minor conducted by Giedre Slekyte at the Erl Tiroler Festival, Handel La Ressurezione at the London Handel Festival with Laurence Cummings and a return to the 2022 Edinburgh International Festival for Salome with Edward Gardner.
Previous operatic engagements have included Sarastro Die Zauberflöte and Banco Macbeth at Theater Basel; Commendatore/Masetto Don Giovanni for Opéra royale de Versailles with Marc Minkowski; Antinoo and Il Tempo Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées under Emmanuelle Haïm; Masetto Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne on Tour and Garsington Opera; Lieutenant Radcliffe Billy Budd for Opera North and Plutone Orfeo in for the Royal Opera House. Callum has also performed, in concert, Hunding in Wagner’s Die Walküre with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and Eric Nielson.
In addition, Callum created the role of Gibarian in the world première of Fujikura’s Solaris at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Opéra de Lille and Opéra de Lausanne and regularly sings twentieth century opera including appearances as Arthur/Officer 2 The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies and Loudspeaker Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann.
On the concert platform his wide-ranging repertoire includes Bach St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, Jupiter Platée, Handel Messiah, title role Apollo e Dafne, Lucifer La Resurrezione and the Mozart and Verdi Requiem working with conductors including Marc Minkoswki, Sir Mark Elder, Ivor Bolton, Jonathan Cohen, Masato Suzuki and Christian Curnyn.
Callum has also performed extensively with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants at Glyndebourne Festival, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Lincoln Center New York, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and at the BBC Proms as Valens in Handel’s Theodora, Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea, Adonis Venus and Adonis, Israel in Egypt as well as Purcell The Fairy Queen and The Indian Queen, Rameau Hippolyte et Aricie, as Phobetor in Lully’s Atys and Pluto in Charpentier La descente d’Orphée aux enfers,This biography should not be edited without permission from Maxine Robertson Management.