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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. In the 2018/19 Season he sings Zadok (Solomon, in concert) and The Diary of One Who Disappeared for The Royal Opera.

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 the Aix en Provence and Salzburg festivals. His wide repertory includes Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Števa (Jenufa), Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Hippolyte (Hippolyte et Aricie), Jupiter/Apollo (Semele), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Colin (L’Ecume des jours) and Freddy Eynsford-Hill (My Fair Lady).

Lyon has sung in concert at 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 St John Passion with King’s College, Cambridge, Alexander’s Feast for Ludus Baroque and Les Troyens (DVD) for The Royal Opera.

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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.