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bass, Alastair Miles is one of the UK’s most renowned singers returning
regularly to the operatic stages and concert platforms of Europe, the
USA and the Far East. His international career was launched in 1986 when
he won the Decca Kathleen Ferrier Prize at the Wigmore Hall London. He
is recognised for his stylistically wide repertoire, equally at home
with music of the Baroque period as he is with the romanticism of
Verdi and Wagner.
Highlights of his career include Giorgio I Puritani and Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor for the Metropolitan Opera and The Netherlands Opera; Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia
and Giorgio I Puritani for San Francisco Opera; Cardinal Brogni La
Juive, Padre Guardiano La Forza del Destino, Prefetto Linda di
Chamounix, Zaccaria Nabucco and Philippe II Don Carlos for the Wiener
Staatsoper; Lord Sydney Il Viaggio a Rheims at La Scala, Milan; title
role Handel Saul, Creonte in Mayr’s Medea in Corinto, Timur
Turandot, and Zoroastro Orlando for the Bayerische Staatsoper; Leporello
Don Giovanni for De Vlaamse Opera and Opera North; and title role
Le Nozze di Figaro, Brogni La Juive, and Narbal Les Troyens
for Netherlands Opera.
Alastair Miles appears regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
where his roles have included Colline La bohème, Rodolfo La Sonnambula,
Elmiro in Rossini’s Otello, Banquo Macbeth, Dom Juam de Sylva in
Donizetti’s Dom Sebastien, Le Comte des Grieux Manon, Poliferno in
Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe. For English National Opera he has
performed the title role in Boito’s Mefistofele, Silva Ernani and Duke
Alfonso Lucrezia Borgia; for Welsh National Opera Mephistopheles
Faust, Fiesco Simon Boccanegra, Enrico Anna Bolena, and Talbot Maria
Stuarda; for Opera North Mephistopheles La Damnation de
Faust, Philip II Don Carlo, and his appearances for Glyndebourne
Festival Opera include Pogner Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg,
Commendatore Don Giovanni, Fiesco Simon Boccanegra and Speaker Die
Zauberflöte. He has also performed Claudio Agrippina for Opéra de
Dijon and Opéra de Lille, Daland Der Fliegende Holländer for
Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Philip II Don Carlo for the Deutsche Oper
Berlin, and Bertram Robert le Diable and Nourabad Les Pêcheurs de
Perles for the Salerno Festival.
Alastair Miles is also a highly sought after concert artist and has
appeared with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including
Giulini, Muti, Harnoncourt, Chung, Rattle, Runnicles, Masur, Gergiev,
Gardiner, Harding, Norrington, Davis and Dohnanyi. Recent projects
have included La Damnation de Faust, Dream of Gerontius and Messiah with
Sir Colin Davis and London Symphony Orchestra, Schumann Faustszenen with
Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and with
Daniel Harding, the Gewandhaus, Leipzig; Beethoven 9th Symphony with
Michael Tilson Thomas and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, St Matthew
Passion with the Dallas Symphony, and Sarastro Die Zauberflöte with
Daniel Harding at the Lucerne Festival, Elijah at the Royal Festival
Hall with Masur and the LPO, Beethoven 9th Symphony with Wiener
Symphoniker, and Osmin Die Entführung aus dem Serail on tour with the
Orchestra of the Age of Englightenment and Labadie and Judas
Maccabeus at the BBC Promenade Concerts.
In addition to his on-going relationship with Opera Rara, recording
neglected 19th century Italian and French opera, Alastair Miles’s
discography currently stands at over ninety recordings including his
recently much acclaimed German Lieder, a recital disc of songs by Brahms
and Wolf, for Signum Classics; a solo recital disc of Great Operatic
Arias for Chandos; award winning recordings of Verdi’s Requiem (Philips) and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Archiv) with Gardiner;
Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Masur and the Israel Philharmonic for Teldec,
and Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ with Ticciati for Linn Records.
Forthcoming engagements include Raimondo for The Metropolitan Opera;
Arkel Pelléas et Melisande for the Bayerische Staatsoper; Pogner for
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and return concert engagements with the
Teatro Real, Madrid, Swedish Radio, Vienna, Tokyo, London , Bamberg, and
Bournemouth, Symphony Orchestras, the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, and
the BBC, Royal Liverpool and Deutsche Radio Saarbrucken Philharmonics.