Adrian Thompson

Biography

Born: London, England  
Adrian Thompson is a well-established British tenor with a strong European reputation, especially for the music of Benjamin Britten. As a Britten singer, the English magazine The Gramophone assessed a performance, "Adrian Thompson sings throughout with the musicality and intelligence we expect from a lifelong advocate of the composer's music."

He has appeared in opera with many European companies, including the Netherlands Opera, Opera
Read more Zuid, the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Staatstheater Stuttgart, the New Israeli Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, the English National Opera, Scottish Opera, the Royal Opera (Covent Garden), Oper Frankfurt, the Welsh National Opera, and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées of Paris.

His roles have a strong emphasis on operas of the twentieth century and the Classical era (and earlier). They include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Florestan in Fidelio (one of his signature parts), Iro in The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland, the Schoolmaster in The Cunning Little Vixen, Skuratov in From the House of the Dead, Fatty Begbick in Aufstieg und Fall des Stadt Mahagonny, Grimaldo in Rodelinda, the title role of Mozart's Idomeneo, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Canio in I Pagliacci, Podesta in La Finta Giardinera, Osmin in Zaide, Narraboth in Salome, Midas in Die Liebe der Danae, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, and the title role in Gluck's La Clemenza di Tito.

He has sung at the Brighton Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, and festivals in Buxton, Wexford, Lausanne, and Göttingen. He is also is very active on the concert stage. His major concert repertory includes Britten's St. Nicolas and War Requiem and all the other major works by that composer. He has sung both Evangelists' parts in the Bach Passions; Verdi's Requiem; Elgar's Dream of Gerontius; The Apostles; and The Kingdom; Handel's Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus; Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde; Lutoslawski's Paroles Tissees; Beethoven's Ninth Symphony; Janacek's Diary of One Who Disappeared, and other works of Stravinsky, Nono, Bruckner, and Beethoven.

He has appeared in concert with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Canada, the Schoenberg Ensemble, the Sixteen, the English Concert, the Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta, the BBC Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Nash Ensemble, and the Academy of Ancient Music. Conductors he has worked with include Richard Hickox, John Eliot Gardiner, Trevor Pinnock, Steuart Bedford, Philippe Herreweghe, Libor Pesek, Oliver Knussen, Jane Glover, Colin Davis, and Osmo Vänskä.

Thompson also is one of Britain's busiest recital artists. He has often sung at Wigmore Hall, and regularly participates in Graham Johnson's The Songmaker's Almanac Series and was invited by Johnson to appear in that organization's twentieth anniversary celebration recital. He has taken part in the major Schubert and Schoenberg song series at the South Bank Festival and frequently performs in BBC Radio programs.

His recording credits include an entry in Graham Johnson's complete Schubert Edition on the Hyperion label; Milhaud's Les Malheurs d'Orphée (ASV); the three major Britten orchestral song cycles (Nocturne, Serenade, and Les Illuminations) (Naxos) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Virgin Classics); Gurney's Ludlow and Teme (Hyperion); Handel's Rodelinda (Virgin); and Vaughan Williams' The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains (Hyperion) and The Pilgrim's Progress (Chandos).

He is on the faculty of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, teaching singing, and gives master classes at the Dartington Summer School on interpretation of eighteenth century oratorio and opera. Read less

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Biography

Born: London, England  
Adrian Thompson is a well-established British tenor with a strong European reputation, especially for the music of Benjamin Britten. As a Britten singer, the English magazine The Gramophone assessed a performance, "Adrian Thompson sings throughout with the musicality and intelligence we expect from a lifelong advocate of the composer's music."

He has appeared in opera with many European companies, including the Netherlands Opera, Opera
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TITLE/COMPOSER
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, Act One, Introduction: Over hill, over dale (Fairies/Puck)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Oberon is passing fell and wrath (Fairies/Oberon/Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Well, go thy way (Oberon/Puck)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: How now my love? (Lysander/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull (Oberon/Demetrius/Helena)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Welcome wanderer! ... I know a bank (Oberon)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Is all our company here? (Quince/Bottom/Flute/Snout/Starveling/Snug)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Fair love, you faint with wand'ring in the wood (Lysander/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Through the frost have I gone (Puck/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Stay, thou thou kill me, sweet Demetrius (Helene/Demetrius/Lysander/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Come, now a roundel and a fairy song (Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: You spotted snakes with double tongues (Fairies)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: What thou seest when thou dost wake (Oberon)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: Introduction
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: Are we all met? (Bottom/Flute/Snout/Starveling/Snug/Quince/Puck)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: I see their knavery (Bottom/Tytania/Solo fairies)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: Be kind and courteous to this gentleman (Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: Hail! mortal, hail! (Solo fairies/Bottom/Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: I have reas'nable good ear in music (Bottom/Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: How now, mad spirit? (Oberon/Puck/Demetrius/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT THREE: Now the hungry lions roars (Solo fairies/Puck/Oberon/Tytania/Fairies)
Golgotha, Première Partie: N°1. Ch?ur d'introduction
Golgotha: Première Partie. N°2. Les Rameaux
Golgotha: Première Partie. N°3. Le discours au temple
Golgotha: Première Partie. N°4. La Sainte Cène
Golgotha: Première Partie. N°5. Gethsémané
Golgotha: Seconde Partie. N°6. Méditation
Golgotha: Seconde Partie. N°7. Jésus devant le Sanhédrin
Golgotha: Seconde Partie. N°8. Jésus devant Pilate
Golgotha: Seconde Partie. N°9. Le Calvaire
Golgotha: Seconde Partie. N°10. La Résurrection
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Introduction
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Oberon is passing fell and wrath (Fairies/Oberon/Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Well, go thy way (Oberon/Puck)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: How now my love? (Lysander/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Be it on lion, bear, or wolf, or bull (Oberon/Demetrius/Helena)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Welcome wanderer! ... I know a bank (Oberon)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Is all our company here? (Quince/Bottom/Flute/Snout/Starveling/Snug)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Fair love, you faint with wand'ring in the wood (Lysander/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Through the frost have I gone (Puck/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Stay, thou thou kill me, sweet Demetrius (Helene/Demetrius/Lysander/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: Come, now a roundel and a fairy song (Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: You spotted snakes with double tongues (Fairies)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT ONE: What thou seest when thou dost wake (Oberon)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: Introduction
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: Are we all met? (Bottom/Flute/Snout/Starveling/Snug/Quince/Puck)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: I see their knavery (Bottom/Tytania/Solo fairies)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: Be kind and courteous to this gentleman (Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: Hail! mortal, hail! (Solo fairies/Bottom/Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: I have reas'nable good ear in music (Bottom/Tytania)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT TWO: How now, mad spirit? (Oberon/Puck/Demetrius/Hermia)
A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 64, ACT THREE: Now the hungry lions roars (Solo fairies/Puck/Oberon/Tytania/Fairies)
Britten: The Golden Vanity - "There Was a Ship Came From the North Country"
Britten: The Golden Vanity - "Then Up Spake the Cabin-Boy"
Britten: The Golden Vanity - "Casting His Clothes Off, He Dived Into the Sea"
Britten: The Golden Vanity - "They Laid Him On the Deck"
O Curlew, cry no more in the air
Pale brows, still hands and dim hair
I cried when the moon was murmuring to the birds
Interlude
I wander by the edge of this desolate lake
Act I: Orchestral introduction - What hoa, what hoa! (Shallow, Sir Hugh Evans)
Act I: Ahem (Anne Page)
Act I: This is my father's choice (Anne Page)
Act I: How now, what does Master Fenton here? (Page)
Act I: Vere is dat knave Rugby? (Dr. Caius)
Act I: Episode
Act I: How now, mine Host of the Garter (Bardolph, Nym, Pistol)
Act I: I spy entertainment in her ... (Sir John Falstaff)
Act I: Wilt thou revenge ... ? (Pistol)
Act I: Love my wife? I will be patient (Ford)
Act II Scene 1: Orchestral introduction
Act II Scene 1: Thine own true knight (Mrs. Page) - Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more (Mrs. Quickly)
Act II Scene 2: Bardolph! Bardolph, I say! (Sir John Falstaff)
Act II Scene 2: Go thy ways, go thy ways, old Jack! (Sir John Falstaff)
Act II Scene 2: Sir, my name is Brook (Ford)
Act II Scene 2: Ha, is this a vision? (Ford)
Act IV Scene 2: But till 'tis 1 o'clock (Mrs. Qucikly)
Act IV Scene 2: Dance of the Fairies
Act IV Scene 2: But stay! I smell a man of middle earth (Sir Hugh Evans)
Act IV Scene 2: Nay, do not fly (Page)
Act IV Scene 2: My heart misgives me (Mrs. Page)
Act IV Scene 2: Stand not amazed (Sir John Falstaff)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Prologue: Sinfonia
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 1 - E pur'io torno qui
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 2 - Chi parla? chi parla?
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 3 - Signor, deh, non partire!
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 4 - Speranza, tu mi vai il cor accarezzando
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 5 - Disprezzata Regina
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 6 - Ecco la sconsolata donna
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 7 - Le porpore regali
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 8 - Seneca, io miro in cielo
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 9 - Son risoluto alfine, o Seneca
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 10 - Come dolci, Signor, come soavi
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 11 - Ad altri tocca in sorte
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 12 - Otton, torna in te stesso
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act One: Scene 13 - Pur sempre di Poppea
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 1 - Solitudine amata
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 2 - Il comando tiranno
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 3 - Amici, ègiunta l'hora
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 5 - Sento un certo non so che
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 6 - Hor che Seneca è morto
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 8 - I miei subiti sdegni
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 9 - Tu che dagli avi miei
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 10 - Felice cor mio
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 11 - Io non so dov'io vada
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 12 - Hor che Seneca è morto
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 13 - Dorme, l'incauta dorme
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Two: Scene 14 - Eccomi trasformato
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 1 - O felice Drusilla
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 2 - Ecco la scelerata
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 3 - Signor, ecco la rea
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 4 - No, no, questa sentenza cada sopra di me
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 5 - Signor, hoggi rinasco
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 6 - Hoggi sarà Poppea di Roma imperatrice
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three: Scene 7 - A Dio, Roma!
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three, Scene 8: Ascendi, a mio diletta
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three, Scene 8: A te sovrana augusta
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three, Scene 8: Io mi compiacio
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Act Three, Scene 8: Pur ti miro
I. Sinfonia: Maestoso con moto - Allegro
I. Allegretto un poco agitato
I. Adagio religioso
II. Allegro moderato maestoso - Allegro di molto
III. Recitativo
IV. A tempo moderato
V. Andante
VI. Allegro un poco agitato
VII. Allegro maestoso e molto vivace
VIII. Chorale: Andante con moto
IX. Andante sostenuto assai
X. Allegro non troppo
Prologue: Bunyan in Prison
Act I Scene 1: The Pilgrim meets Evangelist (Pilgrim, Evangelist, 4 Neighbours, Pliable, Timorous, Obstinate, Mistrust)
Act I Scene 2: The House Beautiful (Pilgrim, 3 Shining Ones, Interpreter, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Nocturne (Intermezzo)
Act II Scene 1: The Arming of the Pilgrim (Herald, Pilgrim, Chorus)
Act II Scene 2: The Pilgrim meets Apollyon (Apollyon, Doleful Creatures, Pilgrim, Branch Bearer, Cup Bearer, Evangelist)
Act IV Scene 2: The Lord is my Shepherd (Voice of a Bird, Pilgrim, The 3 Shepherds, Messenger)
Act IV Scene 3: The Pilgrim reaches the End of his Journey (Voices from Heaven)
Epilogue (Bunyan)
I. Prologue
II. Pastoral
III. Nocturne
IV. Elegy
V. Dirge
VI. Hymn
VII. Sonnet
VIII. Epilogue
I. Fanfare
II. Villes
III. Phrase
IV. Antique
V. Royaute
VI. Marine
VII. Interlude
VIII. Being Beauteous
IX. Parade
X. Depart
I. On a Poet's Lips I Slept
II. Below the Thunders of the Upper Deep
III. Encinctured with a Twine of Leaves
IV. Midnight's Bell Goes Ting, Ting, Ting...
V. But that Night When on My Bed I Lay
VI. She Sleeps On Soft, Last Breaths
VII. What is More Gentle?
VIII. When Most I Wink
"Sire, Lord and Master"
"Jesus Went With His Disciples"
"O generous Love!"
"So That the Word Might Be Fulfilled"
"Thy Will Be Done, O God Of Love"
"The Band Then, Together With the Captain"
"To Release Me From the Prison"
"Simon Peter Also Followed Jesus From Afar"
"I'll Follow Thee Also"
"Now That Same Disciple Was Known Unto the High Priest"
"Ah, Who Would Dare To Smite Thee?"
"Now Annas Sent Him Bound Unto the High Priest"
"Ah! Take Flight"
"Peter, Who Denied His Lord"
"Christ, Who Gave Us Life and Light"
"Then Led They Jesus From Caiaphas To the Judgement"
"Ah, King Of Heaven"
"And Pilate Said Unto Him"
"Look Yonder, O My Soul"
"Consider, How His Body"
"And When the Soldiers Had Plaited a Crown Of Thorns"
"Thy Bonds, O Christ, Have Set Us Free"
"But the Jews Cried Out and Said"
"Haste, Ye Souls Forlorn and Weary"
"And There Crucified They Him"
"Within My Heart, O Saviour"
"And Then Did the Soldiers"
"When His Life Had Reached Its End"
"And From That Hour He Took Her Unto His Own Home"
"The End Is Nigh"
"My Dearest Saviour, Wilt Thou Answer?"
"And Then Behold, the Veil Of the Temple Was Rent"
"My Heart, Behold How All the World"
"With Torrents Of Weeping"
"The Jews Therefore, Because It Was the Preparation"
"Help Us, Son Of God Most High"
"And After This, Joseph Of Arimethea"
"Farewell, O Weary, Broken Body"
"Lord Jesus, When We Come To Die"
"There Was a Ship Came From the North Country"
"Then Up Spake the Cabin-Boy"
"Casting His Clothes Off, He Dived Into the Sea"
"They Laid Him On the Deck"


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