An honours graduate and choral scholar from New College, Oxford, Toby Spence studied at the Opera School of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society 2011 Singer of the Year award.
In concert, Toby has sung with the Cleveland Orchestra under von Dohnanyi, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic under Rattle, the San Francisco Symphony under Tilson Thomas, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Pappano, the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Gergiev, the London Symphony Orchestra under Davis, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Nézet-Séguin, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Dudamel, the Bayerischer Runfunk under Gardiner, andat the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals under Norrington and Mackerras. Toby sang an acclaimed Madwoman in Britten’s Curlew River for the Edinburgh Festival, where he has also appeared in recital and most recently in HMS Pinafore in 2015. Other recitals include the LSO St Luke’s, Opera de Lille and the Wigmore Hall. He has made numerous recordings.
For the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Toby has sung Ferdinand (The Tempest), David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Count Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Ramiro and Tom Rakewell. For English National Opera his roles include Tamino, Candide, Paris (La Belle Hélène), Lensky and Faust. His many roles at the Paris Opera include Tom Rakewell and David. He has sung with the Glyndebourne Festival, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Hamburgische Staatsoper and La Monnaie, Brussels. In America he has appeared with the San Francisco Opera, the Santa Fe Festival, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Opera. Recently, Spence has appeared as Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Antonio (The Tempest) for the Metropolitan Opera, Don Ottavio and Tito for the Wiener Staatsoper, Don Ottavio at the Liceu Barcelona, Essex (Gloriana) and Tamino for the Royal Opera House, Tito, Tamino and Henry Morosus (“Die Schweigsame Frau”) for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Captain Vere (Billy Budd) at the Teatro Real Madrid and David (“Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”) at Paris Opera. He gave concert performances wit the London Symphony Orchestra under Tilson Thomas and Gergiev, Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Ticciati, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Adès, and at the Tonhalle, Zurich with Dutoit.
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