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Ed Lyon



Ed Lyon in action.
Ed Lyon in Les Troyens, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2012

British tenor Ed Lyon made his Royal Opera debut in 2008 as Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and has since sung Pane (La Calisto), Hylas (Les Troyens), Dancing Master (Ariadne auf Naxos), Sailor (Tristan und Isolde), Steersman (Der fliegende Holländer), Walther von der Vogelweide (Tannhäuser) and Eduardo (The Exterminating Angel, role creation) on the main stage, Amidas/Wind (L’Ormindo) at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, and Gernando (Haydn’s L’isola disabitata) with members of The Royal Opera at the Hobart Baroque Festival.

Lyon studied history of art at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar, and went on to train at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. He has appeared for all the major British companies, and for such international companies as La Monnaie, Brussels, the Opéra-Comique, Teatro Real, Madrid, Theater an der Wien, Dutch National Opera and Salzburg Festival. His wide repertory includes Hippolyte (Hippolyte et Aricie), Jupiter/Apollo (Semele), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Colin (L’Ecume des jours) and Freddy Eynsford-Hill (My Fair Lady).

Lyon has sung at in concert major venues worldwide, including at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and BBC Proms in London, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Alice Tully Hall, New York, in repertory ranging from Bach’s B Minor Mass to Maxwell Davies’s Solstice of Light. He sang in the Japanese premiere of Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. His recordings include the St John Passion with King’s College, Cambridge, Alexander’s Feast for Ludus Baroque and Les Troyens for The Royal Opera on DVD.

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Gallery: The Royal Opera rehearsing L’isola disabitata

5 April 2013
Gallery: The Royal Opera rehearsing L’isola disabitata

A glimpse into rehearsals for Rodula Gaitanou's production ahead of its staging at Hobart Baroque Festival in Tasmania.