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Callum began his musical training as a chorister at Coventry Cathedral 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 made a return to music and studied opera at the Royal Academy of Music with Mark Wildman. Graduating with a distinction in 2009, Callum was also awarded the Harry Fischer Memorial Prize, and in the same year received the Glyndebourne on Tour Donald A Anderson Award.
Notable operatic engagements include Masetto Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne on Tour, for Garsington Opera and at the Birgitta Festival in Estonia. 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), Loudspeaker in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis for English Touring Opera and Plutone L’Orfeo for Silent Opera. Recent engagements include Hippolyte et Aricie for Glyndebourne Festival, Britten’s Noye’s Fludde at the Two Moors Festival, Billy Jackrabbit in the new production of La Fanciulla del West for Opera North, St Matthew Passion Philharmonie Zuidnederland (Paul Goodwin) and La Descente d’Orphée at the Wigmore Hall (Christian Curnyn).
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, Polyphemus Acis & Galatea at the Festival de Thiré (William Christie), Acis & Galatea (1732 version) for Basel Kammerorchester (Paul Goodwin) in Paris & Vienna 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 in 2014/2015 include Antinoo Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria at the Iford Festival, Jupiter Platée at St. John’s Smith Square (Early Opera Company), bass cover in the world premiere of Shell Shock (Nicholas Lens & Nick Cave) for La Monnaie, Brussels, Messiah at Bath Abbey, Plutone L’Orfeo for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden at the Roundhouse, St Matthew Passion at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Gibarian in the world première performances of Fujikura’s Solaris (Paris, Lille & Lausanne) and Israel in Egypt at Salisbury Cathedral. Subsequent engagements include Valens in a fully staged production of Theodora at the Théâtre de Champs Elysées, Paris, concert performances of Theodora for Les Arts Florissants in New York, Krakow and at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, role debuts as Sarastro Die Zauberflöte, Banquo Macbeth and Abimelech Samson et Dalila for Theater Basel and Nick Shadow The Rake’s Progress (Caen, Reims, Rouen & Limoges).
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