Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert
Arthur Bruce - Silvio's aria (Pagliacci)
Arthur Bruce - Strauss - Lieben, Hassen, Hoffen, Zagen (21:09:18)
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)
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)
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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