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Alastair Miles

Bass

Biography

Alastair Miles in action.
Alastair Miles in Stiffelio, The Royal Opera © Catherine Ashmore

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, Opéra-Bastille, La Scala, Milan, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, the Metropolitan Opera, New York and for Glyndebourne Festival.

Originally a specialist in Baroque and Classical music, Miles’s wide repertory now includes roles such as Leporello (Don Giovanni), Talbot (Maria Stuarda), Enrico VIII (Anna Bolena), Bertram (Robert le diable), Philip II (Don Carlo) and Veit Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). He has made more than seventy recordings, including many for Opera Rara.

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