Noted for the ‘mellow seductiveness’ of his voice and ‘his towering’ presence (Bachtrack), British-Irish baritone Jolyon Loy recently made his Linbury Theatre debut at the ROH, reprising the role of Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia.
A Glyndebourne New Generation Young Artist at the National Opera Studio (2020/21), in summer 2022, he joined the prestigious Alvarez Young Artist Programme at Garsington Opera, where he covered/performed Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte with The English Concert. Future highlights include his debut as Silvio in I Pagliacci at Nevill Holt Opera, his return to English National Opera playing the role of Aye in their famous production of Glass’s Akhnaten, and his debut on the mainstage of the Covent Garden Royal Opera House.
Previously for ENO: Satyagraha
The young baritone came to the attention of the audience in summer 2021, when he made his debut as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro at Opera Holland Park, and as Peter in Hansel and Gretel with British Youth Opera. Following these, Jolyon covered the role of Mr Kallenbach in the famous English National Opera production of Glass Satyagraha and sang Leone in Handel Tamerlano with Cambridge Handel Opera Company.
Other operatic highlights include his performance of Apollo in John Eccles Semele with the Academy of Ancient Music, which was recorded and released on AAM Records. He has also appeared at the Verbier Festival as Stimme der Wächter in Die
Frau ohne Schatten conducted by Valery Gergiev, and 1st Priest, 2nd Armed Man in Die Zauberflöte conducted by Stanislav Kochanovsky as part of the Atelier Lyrique.
Operatic roles to date include Valens in Theodora as a Britten Pears Young Artist conducted by Christian Curnyn, Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas at the first edition of The Vache Baroque Festival, Sonora in La Fanciulla del West at Wexford Festival Opera, and both Lesbo in Agrippina and Ghost of Saul in Handel’s Saul at the Dartington Festival, conducted by Laurence Cummings.
A versatile singer, Jolyon is equally comfortable on the concert platform, singing
Handel’s Messiah with the CBSO at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, Bach’s BWV 78 at Snape Proms conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, and Handel’s Dixit Dominus at Wexford Festival Opera.
Future highlights include his debut as Silvio Pagliacci (Nevill HoltOpera), Zoroastro Orlando (Buxton International Festival), and his main stage debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Last updated: 14th March 2023