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Martyn Hill

Tenor

Biography

Martyn Hill in action.
Martyn Hill in Tosca, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

Martyn Hill sings Spoletta (Tosca) for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. He previously sang the role for the Company in the 2008/9 Season and his other roles have included Augustin Moser and Balthazar Zorn (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Goro (Madama Butterfly), Dom Luis (Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal), Second Jew (Salome), Judge (Un ballo in maschera) and the Rector (Peter Grimes).

Hill was born in Kent and studied at King’s College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music. Roles have included Peter Grimes in Tel Aviv, Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw) for Scottish Opera, Alessandro (Il re pastore) for Opera North, Eumete (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria) in Innsbruck, Tokyo, Athens and Florence, Idomeneo for Glyndebourne, Oedipus Rex in London and Budapest, Bodum (Haas’s Melancholia) in Paris, Graz, Oslo and Bergen, Zen (Elliott Carter’s What Next?) in Paris and Bruges, Cardinal/Archbishop (Taverner) with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and General Sir Philip Wingrave (Owen Wingrave) for Channel 4.

Hill also sings regularly in recital, with performances including the complete song cycles of Michael Tippett in the Wigmore Hall in the presence of the composer on his 90th birthday, and Schubert’s three song cycles in St John’s Smith Square on consecutive days. He has appeared with many leading orchestras under conductors including Abbado, Ashkenazy, Boulez, De Waart, Previn, Rostropovich and Nagano, and has an extensive discography. He is married to soprano Julie Moffatt and lives in Leicestershire.

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