Toby Spence

Biography

Country: England  
Toby Spence is a British tenor who by the turn of the century had begun to establish a solid career, particularly in the fields of early opera and concert singing.

He was a choral scholar at New College, Oxford, a position won by competitive audition that awards those who qualify an education at Oxford while singing daily services and other musical activities with the Choir of New College. He graduated from Oxford with honors. He then
Read more attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Before he graduated, he had already made his debut at London's Barbican Centre singing in Sibelius' Incidental Music to The Tempest with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Järvi, sung with the RIAS Berlin in Handel's Theodora, toured with the Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Umbrella singing in Brahms' Liebeslieder-Walzer, and made his Wigmore Hall, London, recital debut in the Schubertiade Series.

He won a scholarship to study in 1995 at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. While still a student he also sang at the Cheltenham and Brighton Festivals.

While in the United States he made a concert debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnanyi and then, in the same debut season, appeared with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Richard Hickox, with John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, and with the Royal Philharmonic and Royal Scottish National Orchestras.

Also that year, he sang in two major oratorio performances: Haydn's The Creation and Bach's St. Matthew Passion, both with Frans Brüggen and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.

His operatic debut with the Welsh National Opera also took place in the 1995/1996 season. He sang the role of Idamante in Mozart's Idomeneo and went on during that season to debut at La Monnaie in Brussels as Pane in Cavalli's La Calisto under René Jacobs, to repeat the role of Idamante at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and to sing in Alzira under Mark Elder at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London.

His debut at the Salzburg Festival was in 1996 with Roger Norrington, where Spence sang in Mozart's Mitridate, Rč di Ponto in a concert performance, and sang with Sir Charles Mackerras conducting at the Edinburgh Festival. In the 1996/1997 season, he again chose Idamante as a debut role, this time at the Scottish Opera, and returned to Brussels where he sang Tamino in Mozart's Magic Flute.

Other operas in which he has appeared include Il matrimonio segreto with the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria with the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam and on tour in Sydney, Rossini's The Barber of Seville (as Almaviva), Oronte in Alcina, David in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (La Monnaie), and Hylas in Les Troyens (Salzburg Festival).

He has appeared in concert with the Luxembourg Philharmonic, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Montreux Festival, the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Gergiev, the San Francisco Symphony with Tilson Thomas conducting, and the BBC Proms concerts.

His recordings include a Philips release of the St. Matthew Passion performance with Brüggen. He has appeared on the Deutsche Grammophon, Hyperion, EMI, Collins Classics, Decca, and BMG-RCA labels. Read less
Parry: Judith / Fox, Rudge, Spence, Waddington, Vann, London Mozart Players
Release Date: 03/06/2020   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5268   Number of Discs: 2
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    Parry: Judith / Fox, Rudge, Spence, Waddington, Vann, London Mozart Players
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5268 Release Date: 03/06/2020   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Hubert Parry
    Performer:  Kathryn Rudge,  Sarah Fox,  Toby Spence,  Henry Waddington
    Conductor:  William Vann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players,  Crouch End Festival Chorus
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    Orff: Carmina Burana (Live from the Forbidden City) / Long Yu, Shanghai Symphony
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002963602 Release Date: 02/01/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Ludovic Tézier,  Aida Garifullina,  Toby Spence
    Conductor:  Long Yu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singakademie,  Shanghai Symphony Orchestra,  Shanghai Spring Children’s Choir
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    Orff: Carmina Burana (Live from the Forbidden City) / Long Yu, Shanghai Symphony, Vienna Sinakademie
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002963209 Release Date: 02/01/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Aida Garifullina,  Ludovic Tézier,  Toby Spence
    Conductor:  Long Yu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singakademie,  Shanghai Symphony Orchestra,  Shanghai Spring Children’s Choir
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    Orff: Carmina Burana (Live from the Forbidden City) / Long Yu, Shanghai Symphony, Vienna Sinakademie [Blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002963159 Release Date: 02/01/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Aida Garifullina,  Ludovic Tézier,  Toby Spence
    Conductor:  Long Yu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singakademie,  Shanghai Symphony Orchestra,  Shanghai Spring Children’s Choir
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    Haydn: The Creation / Orozco-Estrada, Houston Symphony
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186614 Release Date: 06/01/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Toby Spence,  Peter Rose,  Nicole Heaston
    Conductor:  Andres Orozco-Estrada
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Chorale,  Houston Symphony Orchestra
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    Lutoslawski: Vocal & Orchestral Works / Gardner, BBC Symphony
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5223 Release Date: 02/02/2018   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski
    Performer:  Lucy Crowe,  Toby Spence,  Christopher Purves,  Louis Lortie  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Royal Opera: The Collection
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1244 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Graciela Araya,  Rinat Shaham,  Ana James,  Dorothea Röschmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Sir Colin Davis,  Nicola Luisotti,  Andris Nelsons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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    Royal Opera: The Collection [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7223 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Graciela Araya,  Rinat Shaham,  Ana James,  Dorothea Röschmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Sir Colin Davis,  Nicola Luisotti,  Andris Nelsons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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    Gilbert & Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore / Egarr, Scottish Opera
    Label: Imports   Catalog: 522 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
    Performer:  Gavan Ring,  John Mark Ainsley,  Tim Brooke-taylor,  Neal Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Egarr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Opera Orchestra,  Scottish Opera Chorus
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    Handel: Hercules / DiDonato, Christie, Les Arts Florissants
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 213 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Joyce DiDonato,  Malena Ernman,  Ingela Bohlin,  Simon Kirkbride  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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    Handel: Hercules / DiDonato, Christie, Les Arts Florissants [Blu-ray]
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 513 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Toby Spence,  William Shimell,  Simon Kirkbride,  Ingela Bohlin  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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  • 12.
    A Britten Collection [7-DVD Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1198 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Christopher Purves,  Francesco Malvuccio,  Ida Falk Winland,  Peter Hoare  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati,  Paul Daniel,  Mark Elder,  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  English National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    A Britten Collection [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7189 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Christopher Purves,  Francesco Malvuccio,  Ida Falk Winland,  Peter Hoare  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati,  Paul Daniel,  Mark Elder,  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  English National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Britten: Les Illuminations, Etc / Spence, Gould, Owen, Scottish Ensemble
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 226 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Clio Gould,  Toby Spence,  Martin Owen
    Conductor:  Clio Gould
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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    Britten: Gloriana / Bullock, Spence, Bardon, Daniel, Royal Opera House Opera
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1124 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Clive Bayley,  Kate Royal,  Patricia Bardon,  Susan Bullock  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Britten: Gloriana / Bullock, Spence, Bardon, Daniel, Royal Opera House Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7134 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Brindley Sherratt,  Jeremy Carpenter,  Mark Stone,  Toby Spence  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Sullivan: The Beauty Stone / Opie, Gadd, Macdonald
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10794 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
    Performer:  Alan Opie,  Richard Suart,  Elin Manahan Thomas,  David Stout  ... 
    Conductor:  Rory Macdonald
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  BBC National Chorus of Wales
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    Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde / Nezet-Seguin, Connolly, Spence, London Philharmonic
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 73 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Sarah Connolly,  Toby Spence
    Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Ades: The Tempest / Keenlyside, Ades, Met Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001902809 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Adčs
    Performer:  Alek Shrader,  Audrey Luna,  Isabel Leonard,  Simon Keenlyside  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Adčs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Szymanowski: Symphonies 3 & 4, Stabat Mater / Gergiev, Spence, Matsuev, Matthews
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 739 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Toby Spence,  Denis Matsuev,  Sally Matthews,  Ekaterina Gubanova  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 21.
    Jonathan Dove: There Was A Child / Rodgers, Halsey, Spence
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 285 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jonathan Dove
    Performer:  Joan Rodgers,  Toby Spence
    Conductor:  Simon Halsey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    Weill: Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny / Jones, Malfitano, Davies
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100093 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill
    Performer:  Toby Spence,  Harry Peeters,  Dale Duesing,  Wilbur Pauley  ... 
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 23.
    50 Best Handel
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 70822 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Jane Gilchrist,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Joyce DiDonato,  Max Emanuel [Countertenor Vocal] Cencic  ... 
    Conductor:  Kirk Trevor,  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Alan Curtis,  Diego Fasolis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco,  I Barocchisti,  Seminario Musicale
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    Ades: The Tempest / Keenlyside, Royal
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 95234 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Thomas Adčs
    Performer:  Ian Bostridge,  Simon Keenlyside,  Toby Spence,  Kate Royal  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Adčs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 25.
    Select Anthems / Choir Of New College Oxford
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3484 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Greene
    Performer:  Nicholas Witcomb,  Michael Morton,  Timothy West,  Daniel Norman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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