"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 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.
On the operatic stage, recent performances have included Angelotti in Tosca for both Nevill Holt Opera and The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Witness 3/Madman (cover) for the world premiere of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sergeant in Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus with Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells, as well as Masetto (cover) Don Giovanni, Alcade (cover) La Forza del Destino, Colline (cover) La Boheme and Bonze (cover) Madama Butterfly all for Welsh National Opera, and Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto for Nevill Holt Opera.
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, 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. 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.
Further recent concert engagements include 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, Mozart Requiem with Tonbridge Philharmonic Society and Exeter Cathedral, Messiah and Rossini Stabat Mater with The Hanover Band, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Oxford Bach Choir, and St John’s Passion at Chester Cathedral. Last season he also joined the 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, sung Purcell Odes with La Banquet Celeste in Rennes, and joined the Académie du Festival D’Aix-en-Provence for their summer Mozart Residency.
In his season 2018-19 Tristan returns to Welsh National Opera to sing Tom Un Ballo in Maschera, as well as covering Alidori in Rossini’s Cenerentola, and for Prokofiev’s War & Peace. On the concert platform he sings Britten’s War Requiem with Tonbridge Philharmonic, Schubert’s Winterreise in a tour of Scandinavia, and Haydn Mass No. 4 and 8 at Winchester Music Club, as well as Brahms and Mozart Requiem and Elgar The Apostles, all at Canterbury Cathedral, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in Colchester, Bach St Matthew Passion at Merton College, Oxford, and Stainer The Crucifixion in Chester.
‘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)