English bass Alastair Miles made his Royal Opera debut in 1988 as Second Knight (Parsifal) and has since sung Frère Laurent (Roméo et Juliette), Count Rodolfo (La sonnambula), Banquo (Macbeth), Dom Juam de Sylva (Dom Sebastién, roi de Portugal, in concert), Cardinal Brogni (La Juive, in concert), Jorg (Stiffelio), Poliferno (Niobe, regina di Tebe) and Comte des Grieux (Manon) for The Royal Opera.
Miles grew up in Harrow and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a flautist, while also studying singing with Bruce Boyce. He began his career performing and teaching as a flautist and singing in choirs. In 1985 he won the Decca Kathleen Ferrier Prize, and began a fulltime singing career. Since then he has performed with the world’s leading opera companies, including English National Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Paris Opéra, La Scala, Milan, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Glyndebourne Festival.
Miles’s wide repertory includes Leporello (Don Giovanni), Talbot (Maria Stuarda), Enrico VIII (Anna Bolena), Bertram (Robert le diable), Philip II (Don Carlo), Veit Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Claggart (Billy Budd). He has made more than seventy recordings, including many for Opera Rara.