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Arthur Bruce

Voice Type:

Baritone

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, Italian, German

Agent:

Robert Gilder & Co International Artist Management
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Opera

Papageno
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Berlin Opera Academy
2018
Pierre Lafitte
Cabildo [European Premiere] (Amy Beach)
Opera Eos
2018
Zurga
Les Pêcheurs de perles (Bizet)
Edinburgh Grand Opera
2018
Harlekin
Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss, R)
RCS Alexander Gibson Opera School
2018
Konrad Nachtigall
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner)
Fulham Opera
2018
2. Soldat / 5. Jude
Salome (Strauss, R)
Edinburgh Players Opera Group
2018
4. Knappe
Parsifal (Wagner)
Saffron Opera Group
2018
Amfortas
Parsifal (Wagner)
Saffron Opera Group
2018
Henry Davis
Street Scene (Kurt Weill)
RCS Alexander Gibson Opera School
2018
Guglielmo
Così fan tutte (in English) (Mozart)
Bedford Park Fest/London Young Sinfonia
2017
Guglielmo
Così fan tutte (in Italian) (Mozart)
Opera Chez Cartier, Charente
2017
Commissionario
La traviata (Verdi)
Scottish Opera
2017
Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
ENO Opera Works
2017
Count Almaviva
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
ENO Opera Works
2017
Wolfram
Tannhäuser (Wagner)
Edinburgh Players Opera Group
2016
Yamadori
Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Bowdon Opera Festival
2015
Der Einäugige
Die Frau ohne Schatten (Strauss, R)
Edinburgh Players Opera Group
2015
Sam
Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)
RNCM Chamber Opera
2015
Sid
Albert Herring (Britten)
RNCM Opera
2015
Mr Flint, the Sailing Master
Billy Budd (Britten)
RNCM Opera
2014

Operetta/G&S

Bobinet
La Vie Parisienne (Offenbach)
Ferrier Operatic Society
2017

Contemporary Opera

Dr Chadwick
The Remarkable Gifts of Dr and Mrs Chadwick (Eve Harrison)
Chadwick Eductional Trust
2018
Schoolkid
The Day After (Jonathan Dove)
RCS Opera School / English National Opera
2018
Jim
Dr. Ferret's Bad Medicine Roadshow (Stephen Deazley)
Scottish Opera Connect
2011
Ensemble
Airheads (Ian McCrae)
Scottish Opera Connect
2010

Chorus

Chorus
La traviata (Verdi)
Scottish Opera
2017
Chorus
Iolanta (Tchaikovsky)
Scottish Opera
2017
Chorus
Le Villi (Puccini)
Scottish Opera
2017
Chorus
La bohème (Puccini)
Opera Holland Park
2016
Chorus
Iris (Mascagni)
Opera Holland Park
2016
Chorus
Götterdämmerung (Wagner)
The Mastersingers
2016
Chorus
Parsifal (Wagner)
Elemental Opera
2016
Chorus
Un ballo in maschera (Verdi)
Dorset Opera Festival
2015
Chorus
L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti)
Dorset Opera Festival
2015
Chorus
Otello (Verdi)
Hallé Orchestra's Verdi Celebration
2013
Chorus
Simon Boccanegra (Verdi)
Hallé Orchestra's Verdi Celebration
2013
Chorus
Paradise Moscow (Shostakovich)
Royal Northern College of Music Opera
2013
Chorus
Thaïs (Massenet)
Edinburgh International Festival
2011
Chorus
Nixon in China (Adams)
Edinburgh Studio Opera
2011

Oratorio/Concerts

Elijah
Elijah (Mendelssohn)
Langcliffe Singers / Brayside Orchestra
2018
Baritone soloist
Carmina Burana (Carl Orff)
Southport Bach Choir
2018
Baritone soloist
Stabat Mater (Szymanowski)
Edinburgh Royal Choral Union
2018
Baritone soloist
Arion and the Dolphin (Jonathan Dove)
Southport Bach Choir
2018
Baritone soloist
Messa di Gloria (Puccini)
Pentland Singers
2018
Baritone soloist
Paukenmesse (Haydn)
Berwick Arts Choir & Orchestra
2018
Baritone soloist
Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate (Handel)
Berwick Arts Choir & Orchestra
2018
Baritone soloist
Stabat Mater (Dvořák)
Lytham St Annes Choral Society
2017
Baritone soloist
Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini)
Bolton Choral Union
2017
Pilatus
St John Passion (Bach)
Thomas Tallis Society
2017
Baritone soloist
In terra pax (Finzi)
Cardiff Polyphonic Choir
2016
Baritone soloist
The Crucifixion (Stainer)
St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh
2016
Baritone soloist
Serenade to Music (Ralph Vaughan-Williams)
Caledonian Voices
2016
'Voice of God' (Narrator)
Symphony No.7 Seven Gates of Jerusalem UK Premiere (Krzysztof Penderecki)
Bridgewater Hall
2015
Baritone soloist
Five Mystical Songs (Ralph Vaughan-Williams)
Preston Cecilian Choral Society
2015
Baritone soloist
Missa pro defuncto (Requiem) (Michael Haydn)
Ziortzako Kontzertuak, Zenaruzza Monastery, Spain
2015
Baritone soloist
Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms)
Richmondshire Choral Society
2015
Baritone soloist
Requiem (Fauré)
Manchester Oratory at St Chad’s, Cheetham Hill
2015
Baritone soloist
Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Ralph Vaughan-Williams)
Manchester Philharmonic Choir
2014
Baritone soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Sandbach Voices
2014
Baritone soloist
Ode on St. Cecilia's Day (Parry)
Preston Cecilian Choral Society
2014
Baritone soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
St Matthew’s, Chapel Allerton, Leeds
2014
Baritone soloist
Requiem (Duruflé)
Lammermuir Festival
2014

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Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Opera Awards (2018)

Hope Scott Trust Summer School Grant (2018)

Robertson Trust Scholarship for the Arts (2018)

Zenaida Piontkovsky Memorial Scholarship (2018)

RCS Alexander Gibson Opera School Entrance Scholarship (2017)

ENO Opera Works Bursary (2016)

Thomas Tallis Society Choral Ambassador Bursary (2016)

John Cameron Prize for Lieder (2015)

Kate Snape Scholarship (2015)

Competitions

Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award for Singers Finalist (2015)

RNCM Concerto Competition Finalist (2015)

RNCM Gold Medal Finalist (2015)

" The most notable performance was that of the young baritone Arthur Bruce. Still training in Glasgow, he has a beautifully-schooled voice, easily produced throughout its range. He also has a keen sense of style and was completely relaxed with idiomatic projection of the French text." -- Opera Scotland (2018)

"... while Arthur Bruce as Henry the janitor soulfully sang about ‘A Marble and a Star’ – even the garbage man can have the American Dream..." -- Bachtrack (2018)

"Zurga, the leader of the island people, is very well sung by Scottish baritone Arthur Bruce, who has great melody and authority in his voice." -- The Wee Review (2018)

"...his vital solos in each of the three acts, climaxing with 'O Star of Eve', were undoubted highlights of this memorable afternoon." -- Opera Scotland (2016)

"A vocally robust performance is given by Arthur Bruce, attentive to the more vulnerable side of Sam’s character." -- The Skinny (2015)

"Striking was the clear diction of Arthur Bruce narrating Ezekiel’s prophecy assuredly..." -- Seen and Heard International (2015)

"Bruce’s demanding solo in the Libera Me, in particular, matched restless strength with an effortless smoothness." -- The Scotsman (2014)

"Then from the ranks of choir emerged the baritone soloist, Arthur Bruce. His rich voice crescendoed movingly through 'animabus'..." -- Bachtrack (2014)

MMus Opera - Alexander Gibson Opera School
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2017–2019
Summer School
Wales International Academy of Voice
2017
OperaWorks
English National Opera
2016–2017
BMus (Hons) Vocal & Operatic Studies - First Class Honours
Royal Northern College of Music
2011–2015
Connect Ensemble
Scottish Opera
2009–2011

Originally from Leith, Scottish baritone Arthur Bruce is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, English National Opera's 'Opera Works' programme and Scottish Opera's Connect ensemble. Arthur returned to Scotland last year to begin postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Alexander Gibson Opera School.
Whilst at the RNCM, Arthur won the John Cameron Prize for Lieder and the Kate Snape Scholarship, as well being a finalist in the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award for Singers, the RNCM Gold Medal Competition and the College's Concerto competition.

Operatic engagements include Chorus for Scottish Opera and for Opera Holland Park; Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) for Berlin Opera Academy; Pierre Lafitte in the European première of Amy Beach's opera Cabildo; Zurga (Les Pêcheurs de perles) for Edinburgh Grand Opera; Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) at Bedford Park Festival in London and at Chez Cartier in France; Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Zweiter Soldat and Fünfter Jude (Salome) and Der Einäugige (Die Frau ohne Schatten) with Edinburgh Players Opera Group; Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos) for Alexander Gibson Opera School Scenes; Vierte Knappe and cover Amfortas (Parsifal) for Saffron Opera Group; Henry Davis (Street Scene) for the RCS Opera School; Sam (Trouble in Tahiti) with RNCM Chamber Opera; Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly) at Bowdon Festival Opera, and Bobinet (La Vie Parisienne) with Ferrier Operatic Society. Other work includes Chorus for Elemental Opera, the Mastersingers and Dorset Opera Festival, and performances at the Grant Park Festival in Chicago, Grand Teton Festival in Wyoming, Festival Berlioz in La Côte-Saint-André with John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, and the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.

Arthur is a keen recitalist with a passion for song repertoire, especially the lieder of Robert Schumann and Gustav Mahler. His interests in early music previously led him to curate a monthly concert series Bach cantatas in the centre of Manchester. Also very enthusiastic about contemporary music, he enjoys collaborating with composers. Arthur recently commissioned a piece by renowned Boosey and Hawkes composer, David Horne. He has premiered works by David Horne, Tom Harrold, Paul Mealor, Stephen Deazley, Tom Cunningham, Ken Johnston and John Goldie-Scot.

During his time at the RCS and the RNCM and whilst part of the Scottish Opera Connect company, Arthur took part in various masterclasses. Highlights include Simon Keenlyside, Roderick Williams, Sir John Tomlinson, Patricia MacMahon, David Owen Norris, Jeffrey Black, Anthony Spiri, Louise Winter, James Gilchrist and Nadine Secunde.

Oratorio repertoire includes the Requiems of Brahms, Duruflé, Fauré, Mozart and Michael Haydn, Bach's St. John Passion (Pilatus), Dove's Arion and the Dolphin, Dvořák's Stabat Mater, Finzi's In terra pax, Handel's Messiah, and Utrecht Te Deum & Jubilate, Haydn's Nelson Mass and Paukenmesse, Orff's Carmina Burana, Parry's Ode on St. Cecilia's Day, Puccini's Messa di Gloria, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Stainer's The Crucifixion, Szymanowski's Stabat Mater, Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs, Serenade to Music and Fantasia on Christmas Carols, as well as the narration in Krzysztof Penderecki's Symphony No 7 ‘Seven Gates of Jerusalem’.

Arthur is represented by Robert Gilder & Co. International Artist Management, and his continued studies are generously supported by a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Opera Award, the Robertson Trust Scholarship for the Arts, and the Daniel Derby Wood Fund.

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