Jonathan Stoughton

"Characterized by a very strong acting presence, the singer succeeded in portraying (Parsifal) immensely humanistic sympathy. Jonathan Stoughton also drew from the full vocal range with a youthful, bright, radiant, seamless tenor, and the singer seemed to feel at home in the role. Soft cantilenas, excellent phrasing, fresh colors, fine dark tones in the middle register, a wonderfully beautiful timbre and the flowing legato with the best accent-free articulation were his brilliant attributes and thus became a celebrated audiance magnet."

The debut as Parsifal in April 2022 at the Nationaltheater Mannheim was a huge success. Praised as “full-voiced, focussed and fearless” [Opera Magazine] and “ardent, fresh toned and promisingly tireless” [The Guardian], Jonathan Stoughton’s significant debuts as Bacchus (‘Ariadne auf Naxos’), Prinz (‘Rusalka’) and Siegfried (‘Siegfried’) have established him as one of the most exciting British Heldentenors to emerge in recent years. His repertoire also includes Siegfried (‘Siegfried’ and ‘Götterdämmerung’) Bacchus, Erik, Florestan, Stolzing, Don José, Radames, Gustavo and Jimmy (Alwa in the American ‘Lulu’). The 2017/18 season began, for him, with his debut at Opera North in the role of Turridu in the new production of ‘Cavalleria rusticana’. In January 2019, he made his debut as Max in Krenek's ‘Johnny spielt auf’ at the Prague State Opera. In 2019/20, he made his debut as Tristan and performed as Siegfried at the Henry Wood Hall in London. He also made his debut at the Nationaltheater Mannheim as Kaiser (‘Frau ohne Schatten’). 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 sang Götterdämmerung- Siegfried (‘Der Ring in einem Abend) in April 2021. The production was streamed.
The premiere of Simplicius Simplicissimus is planned at the Nationaltheater Mannheim in May 2021, in which he will be debutimg as Einsiedel. This production will certainly be staged in Mannheim at the beginning of the 2021/2022 season,  followed by the new production of Albert Herring, in which he will make his debut as Dr. Upfold, der Bürgermeister. In the same season follows his German debuts as Siegmund, Parsifal, Erik, Florestan, Max and Siegfried.

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