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Callum Thorpe



Callum Thorpe in action.
Rachel Kelly as Proserpina and Callum Thorpe as Pluto in Orfeo © ROH. Photo by Stephen Cummiskey, 2015.

English bass Callum Thorpe made his Royal Opera debut in 2015 as Pluto (Orfeo) at the Roundhouse.

Thorpe sang as a chorister at Coventry Cathedral. He obtained a PhD in immunology at Imperial College London before studying singing at the Royal Academy of Music. He sings regularly with Les Arts Florissants, his engagements including The Fairy Queen under William Christie on tour in Paris, Caen and New York, The Indian Queen under Paul Agnew, the international concert series Le Jardin de Monsieur Lully, Phobétor (Atys), Pluto (La Descente d’Orphée aux enfers) and Adonis (Venus and Adonis). Other operatic engagements include Masetto (Don Giovanni) for Glyndebourne on Tour, Garsington Opera and at the Birgitta Festival, Loudspeaker (Der Kaiser von Atlantis) for English Touring Opera, Pluto for Silent Opera, Third Fate (Hippolyte et Aricie) for Glyndebourne Festival, Billy Jackrabbit (La fanciulla del West) and Lieutenant Ratcliffe (Billy Budd) for Opera North and Noye (Noye’s Fludde) at the Two Moors Festival.

Thorpe’s many concert appearances include the St Matthew Passion with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland under Paul Goodwin, Israel in Egypt at the Tel Aviv Opera House with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under Laurence Cummings, Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea) at the Festival de Thiré under Christie and Esther and Acis and Galatea at the London Handel Festival. Thorpe’s other concert repertory includes the St John Passion, Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Messiah, The Creation and Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle.