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Tim Mead


British countertenor Tim Mead made his Royal Opera debut in the 2007/8 Season as Fifth Innocent (The Minotaur). He returned to sing Clearte (Niobe, regina di Tebe), and in Medusa for The Royal Ballet, and in the 2019/20 Season sings Voice of Apollo (Death in Venice) for The Royal Opera.

Mead was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and studied singing at the Royal College of Music. Selected opera appearances include Hamor (Jephtha) and Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Paris Opéra, Oberon and Goffredo and Eustazio (Rinaldo) for Glyndebourne Festival, Athamas (Semele) and Oberon for Opera Philadelphia, the title role in Glass’s Akhnaten, Ottone (Agrippina), Tolomeo (Julius Caesar), Ottone (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Voice of Apollo for English National Opera, Voice of Apollo for Dutch National Opera, Boy/Angel 1 (Written on Skin) for the Bolshoi Opera and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Endimione (La Calisto) for Bavarian State Opera and Teatro Real, Madrid, the title role of Orlando for Scottish Opera, Bertarido (Rodelinda) for Opéra de Lille, the title role of Admeto for the Göttingen International Handel Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival, Arsamene (Cavalli’s Xerse) on tour with Le Concert d’Astrée and the protagonist in the music, theatre and dance creation Melancholia for Theater Basel.

Mead appears widely in concert with orchestras and ensembles including Le Concert d’Astrée, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Akademie für Alte Musik, Dresdner Barockorchester, Dunedin Consort, Concerto Köln and the Academy of Ancient Music. His many recordings include Bach’s cantatas for alto and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.