Callum Thorpe

Callum Thorpe

BASS

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Overview

Having started as a chorister at Coventry Cathedral, Callum studied at the Royal Academy of Music. Callum has subsequently performed with Glyndebourne on Tour, Garsington Opera and Opera North. After a season on the Les Jardins de Voix programme (Les Arts Florissants) he has built on his European profile and performed at the Théâtre de Champs Elysees, La Monnaie and the Concertgebouw. Callum made role debuts of Sarastro and Banquo for Theater Basel in the 15/16 season and will join the solo ensemble at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich in 2017.

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Full Biography

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, 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), 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, Plutone L’Orfeo for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden at the Roundhouse and Gibarian in the world première performances of Fujikura’s Solaris (Paris, Lille & Lausanne).  Further 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 and at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and role debuts as Sarastro Die Zauberflöte, Banquo Macbeth and Old Hebrew Samson et Dalila (concert perf.) for Theater Basel.

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 Messiah at Bath Abbey, St Matthew Passion at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and Israel in Egypt at Salisbury Cathedral and performances of Bach St John Passion Verdi Requiem, Mozart Requiem and Haydn Creation and Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Handel La Resurrezione at the Wigmore Hall).

Recent engagements include Apollo Apolle e Dafne with Concerto Copenhagen at the Copenhagen Opera Festival, a “Shakespeare Prom” with Arcangelo (BBC Proms), Lieutenant Ratcliffe in the new production of Billy Budd for Opera North, Ariodate Serse at St John’s Smith Square, Apollo e Dafne at the Lammermuir Festival, Messiah with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and also with Bournemouth Symphony,  Antinoo/Tempo in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria with Le Concert d’astrée (Haim) at the Théâtre de Champs Elysées, Paris, St John Passion (in Madrid) and Commendatore/Masetto Don Giovanni with Les Musiciens du Louvre (Minkowski) at the Opéra Royal de Versailles, Mozart Requiem with Singapore Symphony Orchestra (Suzuki), Bass in Netia Jones staged performances of Messiah for Bergen National Opera and Hunding Die Walküre (Act 1) in concert with Bilbao Symphony Orchestra.

Engagements in 2017/2018 include Zuniga Carmen, Farfallo Die Schweigsame Frau, Schmidt/Haushofmeister Andrea Chenier, Robert Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Astolfo Lucrezia Borgia, Convict (Don Juan/Priest) From the House of the Dead and Zweite Gralsritter Parsifal all for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich.  Concert engagements include Israel in Egpypt (BBC Proms/Christie), Achilla Giulio Cesare (Early Opera Company/Curnyn), St John Passion and Mozart Requiem (Les Musiciens du Louvre/Minkowski) and Vivaldi’s La Senna Festegiante (Orchestre d’Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand).

Artist Website: www.callumthorpe.com

Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme etc, please contact Hazard Chase to make sure you receive the most up to date version.  Email: Elin Jones

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Reviews

Handel MESSIAH (Staged), Bergen National Opera

“The bass has a more dominant role in this early version of Messiah reworked by Malcolm Bruno, and Callum Thorpe acted and sang with great authority”
Erkling Dahl Jnr. Opera Magazine (September 2017)

Handel THEODORA, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (DVD)

“Callum Thorpe’s portrayal of the governor Valens is spot-on in every respect”
David Vickers, Gramophone (April 2017)

Verdi – MACBETH, Theater Basel

“Impressive both vocally and in his powerful portrayal was the Banquo of Callum Thorpe”
Oper Aktuell (April 2016)

“In addition to Valentina Marghinotti (Lady in Waiting) in the supporting roles, Callum Thorpe stood out as Banquo; the British bass who last year sang Sarastro in Mozart’s “Zauberflöte”, here, brings extremely clean, melodious sonority alongside his confident interpretation.
Peter Hagmann, Kritik (June 2016)

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“Banquo, sung by the fantastic bass Callum Thorpe is in the best of hands”
Michael Hug, Der Neue Merker, (June 2016)

IL RITORNO D’ULISSE IN PATRIA – Iford Festival 2014

“Callum Thorpe displays one of the finest bass-baritone voices around at the moment, his tone full and even from the top to the bottom; but there are no weak links in this cast, and it’s a pleasure to see and hear them all”
The Stage, George Hall (28 July 2014)

“Callum Thorpe’s gorgeous bass is perfect for the schemingly arrogant Antinous”
GP-W, The Fine Times Recorder (27 July 2014)

LA DESCENTE D’ORPHEE – Early Opera Company

“Callum Thorpe made a wonderfully dark and resonant Pluton, his voice creating exactly the right sort of commanding sound.”
Planet Hugill, Robert Hugill (20 June 2014)

“Astonishingly rich and resonant bass”
MusicOMH, John-Pierre Joyce (21 June 2014)

“Callum Thorpe was fabulous as Pluton, with a huge, dark voice which astonished and delighted in equal measure: I cannot wait to see him sing again. His portrayal of the resentful Lord of Hades thundering angrily in his kingdom was not easily to be forgotten.”
bachtrack, Charlotte Valori (20 June 2014)

THE KAISER OF ATLANTIS – English Touring Opera

“Musically it’s terrific, with not a weak performance anywhere, though Katie Bray ‘s warmongering Drummer and Callum Thorpe as the multiple voices of reason and technology that Ullmann simply calls Loudspeaker, are particularly outstanding.”
The Guardian, Tim Ashley (9 Oct 2012)

DON GIOVANNI – Garsington Opera 2012

“Masetto (the excellent Callum Thorpe)
The Guardian, Fiona Maddocks (10 June 2012)

DON GIOVANNI – Glyndebourne on Tour (2010)

“Callum Thorpe was outstanding, his large, dark voice and nervy acting bringing some seriously volatile menace to a spivvy and spoilt Masetto – a sharply-observed piece of direction”
Opera Magazine, Peter Reed (Dec 2010)

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Discography & Repertoire

Handel – THEODORA (DVD)

Katherine Watson (Theodora), Philippe Jaroussky (Didyme), Callum Thorpe (Valens).  Orchestra & Chorus of Les Arts Florissants conducted by William Christie

WARNER CLASSICS (2016)

Artist Manager

John McHugh (Cambridge)
john.mchugh@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706024