Callum Thorpe

Bass

Callum Thorpe was outstanding, his large, dark voice and nervy acting bringing some seriously volatile menace to a spivvy and spoilt Masetto

Peter Reed, Opera Magazine

Praised for the power and depth of his voice, British bass Callum Thorpe initially pursued a scientific career, obtaining a PhD in Immunology from Imperial College London, before turning to music and studying at the Royal Academy of Music. Since 2017 he has been a member of the solo ensemble at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, where roles have included Colline La bohème, Zuniga Carmen, Farfallo Die Schweigsame Frau, Truffaldino Ariadne auf Naxos, Masetto Don Giovanni and Erster Nazarener Salome.

Highlights

  • Colline La bohème, Banco Macbeth, Pistola Falstaff, Il Re d’Egitto Aida, Zuniga Carmen, Truffaldino Ariadne auf Naxos, Masetto Don Giovanni – Bayerische Staatsoper Munich
  • Rocco Fidelio – Glyndebourne on Tour
  • Sparafucile Rigoletto – Opera North
  • Bach St John Passion, Mozart Requiem – 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

Biography

Performances in the 2020/21 season include Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth with the Bach Consort Wien under Rubén Dubrovsky at the Brucknerhaus Linz, The Indian Queen with Les Arts Florissants, as well as Colline Banco Macbeth, Pistola Falstaff,…

Performances in the 2020/21 season include Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth with the Bach Consort Wien under Rubén Dubrovsky at the Brucknerhaus Linz, The Indian Queen with Les Arts Florissants, as well as Colline Banco Macbeth, Pistola Falstaff, Il Re d’Egitto Aida and La voce dell’Oracolo Idomeneo at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. The 2021/22 season currently includes concerts with Arcangelo in Ghent and at Wigmore Hall, Rocco Fidelio for the Glyndebourne Tour, and Sparafucile Rigoletto for Opera North as well as a return to the Bayerische Staatsoper as a guest artist.

Callum has performed extensively with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants in roles which include Valens Theodora,  Polyphemus Acis and Galatea, Adonis Venus and Adonis, Pluto La descente d’Orphée aux enfers, Phobetor Atys, as well as Israel in Egypt, The Fairy Queen and The Indian Queen at venues including the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Lincoln Center New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Glyndebourne Festival, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Festival de Thiré and the BBC Proms.

Operatic engagements have included Sarastro Die Zauberflöte and Banco Macbeth at Theater Basel, Masetto Don Giovanni for the Glyndebourne Tour, Garsington Opera and Birgitta Festival, Commendatore and Masetto Don Giovanni  for Opéra royale de Versailles with Marc Minkowski, Lieutenant Radcliffe Billy Budd for Opera North, Plutone Orfeo in a co-production for the Royal Opera House and the Roundhouse, Antinoo and Il Tempo Ulisse at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées under Emmanuelle Haïm, and Messiah at Bergen National Opera. He sang 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 Arthur/Officer 2 The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies at the Dartington International Festival and Loudspeaker Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann for English Touring Opera.

On the concert platform he has performed Messiah with the Balearic Islands Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bach St John Passion and Mozart Requiem under Marc Minkoswki, Bach St Matthew Passion at Symphony Hall Birmingham and with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Verdi Requiem with the Crouch End Festival Chorus, Israel in Egypt at Salisbury Cathedral, Apollo Apollo e Dafne with Concerto Copenhagen and at the Lammermuir Festival, Mozart Requiem with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Hunding in Wagner’s Die Walküre with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and Erik Nielsen. He performs regularly with the Early Opera Company and Christian Curnyn including Jupiter Platée, Ariodate Serse, Achilla Giulio Cesare at St John’s Smith Square as well as Lucifer La Resurrezione at Wigmore Hall and with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen La Senna festeggiante, The Shakespeare Prom at the BBC Proms and Monteverdi – Love and Loss at Wigmore Hall.

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