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Graeme Broadbent

Bass

Biography

Graeme Broadbent in action.
Graeme Broadbent in L'Ormindo, The Royal Opera at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse © Stephen Cummiskey

English bass Graeme Broadbent made his Royal Opera debut in 1997 as First Soldier (Salome) and has since returned to sing nearly forty roles for The Royal Opera, including Colline (La bohème), Timur (Turandot), King Marke and Steersman (Tristan und Isolde), Angelotti and Sciarrone (Tosca), Doctor Grenvil (La traviata), King of Egypt (Aida) and Nightwatchman (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). At the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, he has sung Ariadenus (L’Ormindo) and Pluto/Satyr (Rossi’s?Orpheus) for The Royal Opera.

Broadbent was born in Halifax and studied at the Royal College of Music with Lyndon Vanderpump and at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Yevgeny Nesterenko. He sings for the UK’s leading opera companies, engagements including the Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Hans Foltz (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Doctor Grenvil (La traviata) for Glyndebourne Festival, Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) for Glyndebourne on Tour, Don Basilio (The Barber of Seville) and Doctor (Punch and Judy) for English National Opera, Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Trulove (The Rake’s Progress) and Don Basilio for Scottish Opera, Ringmaster (Pinocchio) for Opera North and Ashby (La fanciulla de West), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Marquis of Calatrava (La forza del destino), Prince Gremin, Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Ramfis (Aida) and the Commendatore for Opera Holland Park. He sang Hotel Manager in David Alden’s production of Powder Her Face for the Almeida Theatre and Aldeburgh Festival, broadcast on Channel 4 in 1999 and released on DVD in 2005.

Selected international appearances include John Claggart (Billy Budd) in Genoa and St Petersburg, Lieutenant Ratcliffe (Billy Budd) for the Bolshoi, Swallow (Peter Grimes) in Rome and Beijing and Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are in Los Angeles. He sings widely in concert and recital, including appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and BBC Proms. Broadbent teaches at the RCM.

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