ALASTAIR MILES    OPERATIC & CONCERT BASS

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BIOGRAPHY

 

British 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.  

 

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.

 

Recent operatic engagements have included Arkel Pelleas et Mélisande, Podestá Die Gezeichneten for the Bayerische Staatsoper;  Arkel for Scottish Opera; Claggart Billy Budd, Timur Turandot for Opera North; Grand Inquisitor Don Carlos for Grange Park Opera, and Don Basilio Barber of Seville for English National Opera.

 

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