English tenor Lee Hickenbottom is a member of the Royal Opera Chorus, which he joined in 2005. His solo roles for The Royal Opera have included Second Inquisitor (Dom Sébastian, roi de Portugal), Pony Express Rider (La fanciulla del West), Captain (Simon Boccanegra), Gastone de Letorières (La traviata) and Fante (I due Foscari).
Hickenbottom was born in Nottinghamshire and studied trumpet and piano at the Birmingham Conservatory. In addition to his work with the Chorus he sings with such groups as the BBC Singers, London Voices, European Voices and the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir. He performed in the British and Dutch premieres of Adams’s El niño and the world premiere of Rowland Lee’s Requiem at St Martin-in-the-Fields (2003). His solo engagements include a Bernstein celebration with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, the War Requiem at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, St Nicolas with the LSO Chamber Ensemble in New York and London and a world premiere by Andrew Lloyd Webber at the 2008 Sydmonton Festival. Other concert engagements include singing Captain at the BBC Proms with The Royal Opera.
Hickenbottom regularly sings for recordings, including for Opera Rara and the Chandos ‘Operas in English’ series.