Graeme BROADBENT

DipRCM, Diplome Moscow Conservatoire

Voice - Baritone/Bass

Graeme Broadbent (bass) was born in Halifax and studied at the Royal College of Music with Lyndon Van der Pump. He was invited by Yevgeny Nesterenko to study with him in Moscow and in 1990 he entered the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, with the assistance of scholarships from the British Council and the Soviet Government. In 1991 he was awarded the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire Postgraduate Diploma in solo singing.

Graeme Broadbent has sung 37 roles for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, both as a company principal and a guest, including Angelotti (Tosca) with Luciano Pavarotti in his final performances there, King Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Timur (Turandot), King of Egypt (Aida), Colline (La Boheme), Dr Grenvil (La Traviata) and Nightwatchman (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). He made his debut as the Commendatore (Don Giovanni) at the Glyndebourne Festival and has also sung Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) and Foltz (Die Meistersinger) there. Other roles include Basilio (Barber of Seville), Doctor (Punch & Judy), Ribbing (A masked ball) and Schwarz (The Mastersingers) for English National Opera; Don Fernando (Fidelio) and Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) for Scottish Opera; Angelotti, Caronte (L’Orfeo), Ringmaster (Pinocchio), Mother (Seven deadly sins) for Opera North; Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Nilakantha (Lakme) and Sulpice (La fille du regiment) for Opera Holland Park. Graeme also sang in Thomas Ades’ Powder her Face for the Almeida and Aldeburgh Festivals, also televised on Channel 4 and released on DVD. He appears on five other complete opera DVDs and nine CDs. International operatic appearances include the New York Metropolitan, New Zealand Opera, Paris, Vienna, Monte Carlo, Stuttgart, Baden-Baden and the Spoleto Festival. Recent engagements include Gremin in a new production of Eugene Onegin for Opera Holland Park, Father Trulove (Rake’s Progress) for Scottish Opera and “Where the wild things are” in Los Angeles. Forthcoming engagements include Sergeant of Police (Pirates of Penzance) for Scottish Opera; Foltz (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Dr Grenvil in a new production of La Traviata for the Glyndebourne Festival.

Graeme Broadbent has performed in recital and oratorio throughout the UK and abroad, appearing at all the major London concert halls and at the Proms, in repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Schoenberg. Forthcoming concerts include Mahler’s 8th Symphony in the Royal Festival Hall.

Five of Graeme Broadbent’s students (four from the RCM) have secured contracts for principal roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; two progressing directly from the RCM Benjamin Britten International Opera School onto the Jette Parker young artists’ programme.