"Hambleton is one of the most striking voices of his generation"
Representation: General Management
Photo: Joseph Ford Thompson
British bass-baritone Tristan Hambleton is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London where he was awarded the inaugural ABRSM scholarship, a Countess of Munster Trust Scholarship and the D’Oyly Carte Trust Award. To date Tristan has performed with companies such as Glyndebourne, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hallé, and the London Mozart Players in major venues throughout the UK and further afield.
Born in London, Tristan Hambleton studied at St John’s College, Cambridge, Heidelberg Universität and then at the Royal Academy of Music, London. During his time at RAM, he was awarded the inaugural ABRSM scholarship, a Countess of Munster Trust Scholarship and the D’Oyly Carte Trust Scholarship. Tristan is a Josephine Baker Trust Artist, a Jackdaws Young Artist, and was also a Samling Artist.
After graduating from the RAM Opera School in 2015, Tristan went on to make his professional debut creating the role of Karl in the world première of David Bruce’s youth opera Nothing at Glyndebourne, a joint commission with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Balthazar in Donizetti’s La Favorite for University College Opera at London’s Theatre Royal Stratford.
In recent years Tristan has worked regularly with Welsh National Opera where in addition to singing Tom Un Ballo in Maschera, he covered the roles of Masetto Don Giovanni, Alidoro Cenerentola, Alcade La Forza del Destino, Colline La Bohème, Bonze Madama Butterfly and roles in War & Peace. Further engagements include, Quince A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Angelotti in Tosca and Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto, all for Nevill Holt Opera, Sergeant in Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus with Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells, as well as covering the roles of Witness 3/Madman in the world première of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
As a keen recitalist and concert performer, Tristan has performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hallé Orchestra and the London Mozart Players in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In Wagner’s bicentenary year, Tristan was invited by Sir Mark Elder to sing the role of Hermann Ortel in the Hallé’s concert performance of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and was subsequently invited back for Mozart’s Requiem at Bridgewater Hall. Recent concert engagements include Britten’s War Requiem, Mozart Requiem and Escamillo in a concert performance of Carmen with Tonbridge Philharmonic Society, Handel’s Messiah on tour with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Theresienmesse in his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Messiah and Rossini Stabat Mater with The Hanover Band, Brahms and Mozart Requiem and Elgar The Apostles, all at Canterbury Cathedral, Schubert’s Winterreise in a tour of Scandinavia, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Oxford Bach Choir, and St John’s Passion at Chester Cathedral. In 2018 he also joined the Opéra National de Bordeaux and the Conservatoire de Bordeaux, to coach students of the conservatoire and perform Messiah at both the Auditorium de Bordeaux and Ars-en-Ré, sung Purcell Odes with Le Banquet Celeste in Rennes, and joined the Académie du Festival D’Aix-en-Provence for their summer Mozart Residency.
In his 2019-20 season Tristan joins the cast of The Indian Queen conducted by Emmanuelle Haim at the Opéra de Lille. On the concert platform he sings St John Passion with the NDR Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and with The Hanover Band, Joubert St Mark’s Passion at Chester Cathedral, Missa Solemnis at Canterbury Cathedral, Haydn’s Harmonie Mass at the University of East Anglia, Rossini chamber songs in Tenerife and for a chamber music concert with Concert d’Astrée, also at the Opéra de Lille.
‘If all are of an excellent level, the bass-baritone Tristan Hambleton in the role of Envy in act III showed an exceptional vocal timbre’ Alfred Caron, Avant-Scène Opera (October 2019)
‘we should first distinguish the magnificent bass-baritone Tristan Hambleton, for the beauty and intensity of his timbre’ Emmanuel Andrieu, Opera Online (October 2019)
Handel MESSIAH – Opéra National de Bordeaux
‘Finally, there is Tristan Hambleton, who impresses with his physical and vocal presence: the picture he draws of the Last Judgment – with the air “The trumpet shall sound” – thrills the audience.’ Emmanuel Andrieu, Opera Online (October 2017)