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Martyn Hill



Martyn Hill in action.
Martyn Hill in Tosca, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

English tenor Martyn Hill made his Royal Opera House debut in 1996, singing Carmina Burana for Birmingham Royal Ballet. He has since returned regularly to sing with The Royal Opera, in roles including Pong (Turandot), Augustin Moser and Balthazar Zorn (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Goro (Madama Butterfly), Dom Luis (Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal), Second Jew (Salome), Judge (Un ballo in maschera), Spoletta (Tosca) and Rector (Peter Grimes).

Hill was born in Kent and studied at King’s College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music. His engagements have included Peter Grimes in Tel Aviv, Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw) for Scottish Opera, Alessandro (Il re pastore) for Opera North, Eumete (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria) in Innsbruck, Tokyo, Athens and Florence, Idomeneo for Glyndebourne, Oedipus Rex in London and Budapest, Bodum (Haas’s Melancholia) in Paris, Graz, Oslo and Bergen, Zen (Carter’s What Next?) in Paris and Bruges, Cardinal/Archbishop (Taverner) with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and General Sir Philip Wingrave (Owen Wingrave) for Channel 4.

Hill sings regularly in recital, with performances including Tippett’s complete song cycles in the Wigmore Hall in the presence of the composer on his 90th birthday, and Schubert’s three song cycles in St John’s Smith Square on consecutive days. He has appeared with many leading orchestras under such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pierre Boulez, Kent Nagano, André Previn, Mstislav Rostropovich and Edo de Waart, and has an extensive discography.