FCG Section: Music

Jeremy Ovenden


Jeremy Ovenden studied with Norman Bailey and Neil Mackie at The Royal College of Music, London and privately with Nicolai Gedda.

Plans this season and beyond include title roles in Mozart Lucio Silla for La Monnaie, Brussels and La Clemenza di Tito in Karl-Ernst Herrman’s production for Teatro Real, Madrid and Christophe Rousset, (with a reinvitation for the same role in 2018/19), and also for Théâtre Capitole de Toulouse; The Dream of Gerontius for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon with Paul McCreesh and Don Ottavio Don Giovanni with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Ivan Fischer.

Recent roles include Nerone L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Opéra National de Paris; Bajazet Tamerlano for La Monnaie and Dutch National Opera where he has also sung the title role in Monteverdi Orfeo and Ilio in Cavalli Ercole Amante; Ferrando Così fan tutte for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Staatsoper Berlin; Tigrane Radamisto at Theater an der Wien; Belfiore La Finta Giardiniera and Jupiter in Handel Semele at La Monnaie; title role Idomeneo in concert at Theater an der Wien and at the Mostly Mozart Festival, New York and Enea in Steffani Amor vien dal destino for Staatsoper Berlin.

Concert appearances have included Mozart Requiem at the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival and in 2016 at the BBC Proms and San Sebastian Festival with Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra; Haydn Seasons with the LSO and the late Sir Colin Davis, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester and Andrew Manze, the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh (also for a recording) and with Sir Simon Rattle and the Bayerischer Rundfunkorchester; Creation with the Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, the RAI orchestra, Turin and with the LSO and Richard Egarr; Messiah with the Chicago and St Louis Symphony Orchestras and Bernard Labadie; Bach St Matthew Passion with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Ivor Bolton and Mendelssohn Elijah with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He has toured with Jacobs in performances of Handel Saul, Il Trionfo del Tempo and La Resurrezione.

Other repertoire includes Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn; Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ with the MDR Symphony Orchestra and at Basilica of St Denis, Paris; Mendelssohn Die erste Walpurgisnacht with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester and Britten Serenade and War Requiem with the Strasbourg Philharmonic and Danish National Orchestras.

Appearances with the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt include Mozart Betulia Liberata at the Vienna Musikverein and Mozart Litaniae de venerabili altaris Sacramento at the Salzburg Festival, where Jeremy has also sung Fracasso La Finta Semplice, Don Asdrubale Lo Sposo Deluso, Biondello L’Oco del Cairo, Mozart Mass in C Minor with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Betulia Liberata conducted by Christophe Poppen.

Jeremy’s extensive discography includes Bach St Mark and St John Passions and Cantatas, Handel Saul and L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato, Haydn Seasons and Creation, Mozart Il Sogno di Scipione, Betulia Liberata, La Finta Semplice, L’Oca del Cairo and Lo Sposo Deluso and an acclaimed recital of Mozart arias with OAE: An Italian Journey.