Jonathan Stoughton

"Jonathan Stoughton's macho tenor makes way, similarly, for a superb Bacchus: every inch the star, Stoughton commands the stage with fearless sincerity, taking Bacchus on a genuine journey of emotional discovery as the young god comes to know his own power through the experience of Ariadne's love, his tenor sumptuous and expressive."

Jonathan Stoughton studied at the Royal College of Music in London and the National Opera Studio.  His studies were supported by the Richard Wagner Society, among others.  In 2017 the tenor won the the Carole Rees Award for Advanced Musical Studies in Wagnerian Repertoire. Praised as “full-voiced, focussed and fearless” (Opera Magazine) and “ardent, fresh toned and promisingly tireless” (The Guardian), Jonathan Stoughton’s significant débuts as Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos), The Prince (Rusalka) and Siegfried (Siegfried) have established him as one of the most promising  British Heldentenors of the next few years.

The talented tenor began his professional career as Steva (Jenufa) with Glyndebourne on Tour and has since been at the English National Opera, the Longborough Festival Opera, the Welsh National Opera, the Scottish Opera, The Opera Group and the West Green House Opera , the Dorset Opera and the Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn. His roles also include Florestan (Fidelio), Siegfried (Götterdämmerung), Walther von Stolzing (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg), Don José (Carmen), Radames (Aida), Gustavo (Un Ballo in maschera) and Jimmy (Alwa) in the American version of 'Lulu'.

Jonathan Stoughton’s 2017-18 season began with his company debut for Opera North in the role of Turiddu in a new production of ‘Cavalleria rusticana’. Further performances include amongst others Siegfried (Götterdämmerung) at Saffron Hall, Bacchus and Erik (both for Longborough Festival Opera) and the cover of Der Fremde in ‘Das Wunder der Heliane’ for the Deutsche Oper Berlin.  In autumn 2018, he joinrd The Royal Opera House Covent Garden to be the official cover for Siegfried in ‘Siegfried’ and ‘Götterdämmerung’. In January 2019, he made his debut as Max in Krenek's ‘Johnny spielt auf’ at the Prague State Opera. In 2019/20 followed his debuts as Tristan and as Siegfried in concert. In autumn 2019 he sang his first Kaiser in 'Die Frau ohne Schatten' at the Nationaltheater Mannheim. Up from the season 2020/21, he will be a member of the ensemble of the Nationaltheater Mannheim where he will be singing all the big roles of the German repertoire. Siegmund, Siegfried, Parsifal, Erik, Stolzing, Bacchus, Kaiser, etc. In Leipzig, he will be singing Siegfried (‘Götterdämmerung’) in 2021. 

Recent concert performances include Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Das Lied von der Erde with Bath Philharmonia, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Sheldonian Theatre and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius at the Shaldon Festival. Several opera galas have taken him to the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Cadogan Hall and the National Opera House, Wexford.





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