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Alastair Miles

Bass

Biography

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

British 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. He returns in the 2019/20 Season as Le Bailli (Werther).

Miles’s international career was launched when he won the Decca Kathleen Ferrier Award in 1986. International career highlights include Sir Giorgio (I puritani) and Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Dutch National Opera, Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) for San Francisco Opera, Cardinal Brogni, Padre Guardiano (La forza del destino), Zaccaria (Nabucco) and Philip II (Don Carlo) for Vienna State Opera, Lord Sydney (Il viaggio a Reims) for La Scala, Milan, Handel’s Saul, Creonte (Mayr’s Medea in Corinto), Zoroastro (Orlando), Arkel (Pelléas et Mélisande) and Timur (Turandot) for Bavarian State Opera, Leporello (Don Giovanni) for Opera Vlaanderen and Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) and Narbal (Les Troyens) for Dutch National Opera. He has also performed regularly for English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Opera North and Welsh National Opera, in roles including the title role of Mefistofele, Silva (Ernani), Duke Alfonso (Lucrezia Borgia), Enrico VIII (Anna Bolena), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Méphistophélès (Faust), Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Claggart (Billy Budd).

Miles has also sung in concert with the world’s leading orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and all the BBC orchestras. He has recorded prolifically, including several discs for Opera Rara, Chandos, Linn, LSO LIVE and Philips labels.

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