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Jacques Imbrailo

Baritone

Biography

South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo was a Jette Parker Young Artist for The Royal Opera (2006–8) and made his Royal Opera debut in 2006 as Moralès (Carmen). As a Jette Parker Young Artist his appearances included the title role of Owen Wingrave, Marullo (Rigoletto), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Flemish Deputy (Don Carlo). He has returned to The Royal Opera to sing Schaunard (La bohème), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Simon (Miss Fortune) and the title role of Billy Budd. In the 2019/20 Season he sings Albert (Werther).

Imbrailo studied at the Royal College of Music, and won the Audience Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He appears regularly for the UK’s leading opera companies, including Billy Budd and Horatio (Brett Dean’s Hamlet) for Glyndebourne Festival, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) and Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande) for Welsh National Opera, Don Giovanni for Scottish Opera and Zurga (Les Pêcheurs de perles) for English National Opera. International opera appearances include Billy Budd for Teatro Real, Madrid and in Oslo, Pelléas for Opéra national du Rhin, Opera Vlaanderen, Zürich Opera and Royal Swedish Opera and in Hong Kong, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia) for Houston Grand Opera, Valentin (Faust) in Baden-Baden and Count Almaviva for Minnesota Opera.

Imbrailo has given recitals at Wigmore Hall (including a 2019 recital of Sibelius and Rachmaninoff songs), St John’s Smith Square and Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and performed in concert at the Edinburgh Festival, BBC Proms and in many leading concert venues internationally.

Photos

Clive Bayley as Dansker and Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd in Billy Budd, The Royal Opera

Christopher Gillett as Red Whiskers and Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd in Billy Budd, The Royal Opera

Isabel Leonard as Charlotte and Jacques Imbrailo as Albert in Werther, The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd in Billy Budd, The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo

Jacques Imbrailo as Albert in Werther, The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo as Albert in Werther, The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo as Wig Maker in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo as Schaunard, Jeremy White as Benoit, Piotr Beczała as Rodolfo and Gabriele Viviani as Marcello in La Bohème

Isabel Leonard as Charlotte and Jacques Imbrailo as Albert in Werther, The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd and Toby Spence as Captain Edward Fairfax Vere in Billy Budd, The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd in Billy Budd, The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd in Billy Budd, The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd and Alasdair Elliott as Squeak in Billy Budd, The Royal Opera

Gabriele Viviani as Marcello, Kostas Smoriginas as Colline, Piotr Beczała as Rodolfo and Jacques Imbrailo as Schaunard in La Bohème

Jacques Imbrailo as Schaunard, Piotr Beczała as Rodolfo, Jeremy White as Benoit and Gabriele Viviani as Marcello in La Bohème

Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd and Duncan Rock as Donald in Billy Budd, The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd in Billy Budd, The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd in Billy Budd, The Royal Opera

Christopher Gillett as Red Whiskers and Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd in Billy Budd, The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd in Billy Budd, The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo as Albert in Werther, The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo as Albert in Werther, The Royal Opera

Kostas Smoriginas as Colline, Gabriele Viviani as Marcello, Piotr Beczała as Rodolfo and Jacques Imbrailo as Schaunard in La Bohème

Gabriele Viviani as Marcello, Piotr Beczała as Rodolfo, Hibla Gerzmava as Mimì, Jacques Imbrailo as Schaunard and Kostas Smoriginas as Colline in La Bohème