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Eddie Wade



Eddie Wade in action.
Eddie Wade in La traviata, The Royal Opera © Catherine Ashmore

English baritone Eddie Wade made his Royal Opera debut in 1996 as Mandarin (Turandot) and has since returned to sing Baron Douphol in several revivals of La traviata, Indian (The Bartered Bride), Fouquier Tinville (Andrea Chénier) and Julio (The Exterminating Angel). In the 2019/20 Season he returns as Peter (Hansel and Gretel) and as Fouquier-Tinville.

Wade studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. He won first prize and the Verdi/Wagner Prize in the 1996 National Mozart Competition. He performs regularly for the major British opera companies, engagements including Baron Douphol, Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Marcello (La bohème), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Peter (Hänsel und Gretel), Melot (Tristan und Isolde) and Speaker (Die Zauberflöte) for Welsh National Opera, Rigoletto and Sharpless for Scottish Opera, Meria/Lepidus (Caligula) and Prince Arjuna (Satyagraha) for English National Opera, Sonora (La fanciulla del West) and Donald (Billy Budd) for Opera North, Baron Douphol for Glyndebourne Festival, Gunther (Götterdämmerung) for Longborough Festival and Notary/Police Inspector/Servant (Der Rosenkavalier) in concert with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. International appearances include Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Scarpia (Tosca) and Rigoletto on tour with Diva Opera, Executioner (Inés de Castro) in Porto and Giorgio Germont for Les Azuriales Festival.

Wade has sung in concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and on a live broadcast of Carmina Burana with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. He has sung Mendelssohn’s Elijah throughout the UK and in France and Belgium.