British bass-baritone Lynton Black made his professional debut at the Royal Opera House, singing High Priest (Teseo) in the 1985 English Bach Festival celebrating Handel’s tercentenary. He made his Royal Opera debut as Luther (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) in 2008 and has since sung Notary, Innkeeper (Manon) and Antonio (Le nozze di Figaro) for The Royal Opera.
Black studied at the Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship from the Countess of Munster. Engagements include Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring) and Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro) for Garsington Opera and Glyndebourne on Tour, Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) at the Perth Festival of the Arts and Dick Deadeye (HMS Pinafore) and the Mikado for the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. Internationally his performances have included Notary, Antonio, Sacristan (Tosca) and Hobson (Peter Grimes) for Paris Opéra, Achilles (La Belle Hélène) for the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Lesbo (Agrippina) and Sciarrone (Tosca) for La Monnaie, Brussels, and Trulove (The Rake’s Progress) for Bavarian State Opera.
Black is a regular guest at Basle Opera, where he created the one-man show Beauty retire… and so to bed, based on the writings of Samuel Pepys. His many recordings include Die Fledermaus for Sony and Der Rosenkavalier for Decca.