"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 OAE, 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 premiere 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.
As a keen recitalist and concert performer, Tristan has performed with notable ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hallé and the London Mozart Players in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Saint 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. His oratorio repertoire also includes Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Paukenmesse, Theresienmesse, Missa Cellensis and Salve Regina, Mozart’s Credo Mass, Coronation Mass, Missa Brevis, and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Beethoven’s Mass in C, and Symphony No. 9 as well as Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Faure’s Requiem.
On the operatic stage, Tristan’s repertoire includes Re di Scozia in Ariodante, Achilla in Giulio Cesare, Somnus in Semele, the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo and Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte, Masetto and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, Nick Shadow and Dr. Truelove in The Rake’s Progress, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto for Nevill Holt Opera.
Recent engagements included a return to Nevill Holt to sing Angelotti in Tosca, Escamillo in a concert performance of Carmen with Tonbridge Philharmonic Society, Sergeant in Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus with Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells, Messiah on tour with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Theresienmesse in his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart Requiem with Tonbridge Philharmonic Society, Rossini Stabat Mater with the Hanover Band and Colline (cover) La Boheme and Bonze (cover) Madama Butterfly both for WNO.
This season Tristan sings Angelotti Tosca with The Tobacco Factory Theatre, as well as covering Masetto Don Giovanni, Alcade La Forza del Destino with Welsh National Opera, and Witness 3/Madman Lessons in Love and Violence for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. On the concert platform, he joins the Hanover Band for a performance of Handel’s Messiah, as well as Opera 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. He also sings Purcell Odes with La Banquet Celeste in Rennes, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Oxford Bach Choir, St John’s Passion at Chester Cathedral and Mozart Requiem at Exeter Cathedral.
‘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)
Puccini TOSCA – Nevill Holt Opera
“A young, clean-shaven bass, Tristan Hambleton, doubled impressively [as Angelotti and Sciarrone]“ Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine (August 2017)
Hartmann SIMPLICIUS SIMPLICISSIMUS – Independent Opera
‘Stephanie Corley is supported by a fine ensemble of singers […] Tristan Hambleton’s Sergent notable among them’ The Independent, Alexandra Coghlan (Dec’16)
Verdi RIGOLETTO – Nevill Holt Opera
‘Tristan Hambleton’s Marullo […] lent this production much of its unrelenting energy Opera Magazine, Roderic Dunnett (Sept’16)