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Delius Prize (2012)
Margaret Dick Award, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2011)
Ramsay Calder Debussy Prize, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2011)
'Botney [...] is played and sung masterfully by Jon Stainsby with a rich and assured baritone.' (Opera Compass) (2014)
'Jon Stainsby (Sid), a voice of raw power combined with finesse [...] startlingly good' (Music and Vision Daily) (2014)
'Jon Stainsby as the agent is a particularly pleasing presence.' (Evening Standard) (2014)
'Jon Stainsby’s calm, monitoring Speaker, beautifully spoken as well as sung' (Seen and Heard International) (2014)
'The baritone Jon Stainsby (Botney) displayed outstandingly alert responses to text, music and stage partners.' (Opera) (2014)
‘Jon Stainsby’s likeable Count [...] was the pick of the singers’ (Opera Now) (2013)
'In a cast that showed distinction all round, there were exceptional performances [...] with a voice as commanding as his stature, Jon Stainsby as Friar Augustine.' (Opera Now) (2012)
Jon Stainsby was a choral and academic scholar at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and completed a doctorate in 17th-century English literature at the University of Oxford before turning to singing full time. He recently completed his studies as a scholar at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Opera School, where his operatic roles included Mr Gedge (Britten, Albert Herring), Junius (Britten, The Rape of Lucretia), Herr Fluth (Nicolai, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor), Father Augustine (Prokofiev, Betrothal in a Monastery) and Demetrius (Britten, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), these last two in co-productions with Scottish Opera. He is a versatile and assured stage performer, recognised by Opera Now magazine as possessing 'a voice as commanding as his stature.'
Away from the operatic stage, he is active as an oratorio soloist and recitalist, and as a member of ensembles such as the AAM, the Balthasar-Neumann Chor, Collegium Vocale Gent, Dunedin consort, the Edvard Grieg Kor, EXAUDI, the OAE, and English Voices, with whom he appeared at the 2010 Festival Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence. Recent highlights of his work as a recitalist include a performance of songs by Schubert and Kilpinen with Malcolm Martineau at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Shakespeare settings at the Royal Overseas League in Edinburgh, and a recital at Steinway Hall for the Delius Society following their award to him of the 2012 Delius Prize. He has been a Britten Pears Young Artist three times, studying Schubert Lieder with Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber in 2008, Bach’s St John Passion with Mark Padmore in 2011, and works by Purcell with Christian Curnyn in 2013. He has also participated in Graham Johnson’s Young Songmakers Programme, and in masterclasses with Florian Boesch, Sir Thomas Allen, Roger Vignoles, Håkan Hagegård, Malcolm Martineau, and Wolfgang Holzmair. He has been a finalist in the the AESS National English Song Competition, the Armel Opera Competition, the Concours Mélodie Française, Marmande, the John Kerr English Song Competition, and the International Student Lied Duo Competition, Enschede, and was selected to perform in the live rounds of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.
Since graduating from the RCS in 2013, he has performed roles such as Sid in Albert Herring, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro (both with Hampstead Garden Opera), Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte (Pavilion Opera), Father in Hansel and Gretel (HighTime), and the Speaker in The Magic Flute (Young Opera Venture). He also performed the baritone role in Claude Vivier’s remarkable 'Opéra rituel de mort' Kopernikus in Amsterdam as part of the Talent Development Programme of De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam, in collaboration with Vocaallab. Recent and contemporary opera has become an increasingly important part of Jon's activities, and he has created roles in new operas by Edward Lambert and Tim Benjamin (with the Evening Standard singling him out as 'a particularly pleasing presence'), and worked on the experimental project The Hand that Takes with the composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad and the artists CJ Mahoney and Georgie Grace.
His teachers have included Rudolph Piernay, Stephen Robertson and Scott Johnson, and he continues to study privately with Gary Coward.
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