British bass Alastair Miles sings Comte des Grieux (Manon) for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. Miles made his Royal Opera debut in 1988 as Second Knight (Parsifal). His other roles for The Royal Opera have included 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) and Poliferno (Niobe, regina di Tebe).
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. In the UK he sings with The Royal Opera, English National Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera and for Glyndebourne Festival. Further afield, he has sung for companies including Opéra-Bastille, La Scala, Milan, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, and for the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
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.