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George Humphreys

  • Baritone

Biography

In the 2011-12 season George Humphreys Humphreys joined the roster of English National Opera, covering the title role in a new production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. He also sang Belcore in a new production of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore with the Landestheater in Bregenz and made his debut with the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome as Starveling in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a new production by Paul Curran, conducted by James Conlon.

Acclaimed as a concert singer, George Humphreys's 2011-12 season included return engagements with the Bochum Symphony for J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and John Tavener’s “God is with us” under Harry Curtis, and a return to the London Handel Festival for J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion under Laurence Cummings. He also performed J.S. Bach’s Magnificat with the Northern Sinfonia under Simon Halsey, the Messiah with the London Mozart Players, and the Fauré Requiem with the Liverpool Philharmonic.

George Humphreys is a graduate of the International Opera Studio at the Zurich Opera House, where he sang in studio, as well as main stage productions, including Fafner in The Ring for Children, Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly and Leuthold  in Guillaume Tell. In the 2010-11 season he made his debut as Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas with Opera Dijon, directed by Lilo Baur and conducted by Jonathan Cohen. His operatic work has also included the roles of Collatinus  in Rape of Lucretia and Balstrode  in Peter Grimes in Cambridge; Colline  in La Boheme with Wedmore Opera; Papageno  in The Magic Flute with the Palestine Mozart Festival; Masetto (Don Giovanni) and Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring) for British Youth Opera; Giove  in La Calisto, Melibeo  in La Fedelta Premiata and the title role in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro directed by John Copley and conducted by Sir Colin Davis for Royal Academy Opera.

Other George Humphreys's recent Concert highlights include performances of The Messiah with the Bochum Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and The Hanover Band, Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Singapore, Bach's Christmas Magnificat and Cantata 36 with the English Concert in Valencia, Handel’s Joshua at the London Handel Festival, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Trevor Pinnock, and Handel's L'Allegro under William Christie at the Spitalfields Festival and more recently at the Göttingen Handel Festival, as well as Herod in Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ under Sir Colin Davis.

George Humphreys has also performed a wide repertoire of contemporary music, including Peter Maxwell Davies’ 8 Songs for a Mad King, and Schoenberg’s Serenade under Diego Masson in the South Bank Festival. He is an avid recital performer with recent appearances in the Oxford Lieder Festival, with Opernhaus Zürich, and at the Wigmore Hall.