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Jon Stainsby

Voice Type:

Baritone

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, German, French, Spanish

Opera

Figaro
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Garsington Festival Opera
2017
Onegin
Eugene Onegin (in English) (Tchaikovsky)
Whitgift Foundation
2017
Bottom/Demetrius
A Fairy Queen (Purcell (arr. Tim Nelson))
Iford Arts
2016
Thésée
Hippolyte et Aricie (Rameau)
Linden Baroque
2016
Ensemble
Marta (Wolfgang Mitterer)
Les Cris de Paris/Ensemble Ictus at Opéra de Lille
2016
Father
Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck)
HighTime (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry)
2015
Smirnov
The Bear (Walton)
Opera View
2015
Ariodate
Serse (Handel)
Longborough Festival Opera Young Artists
2015
Blansac
La scala di seta (Rossini)
Opera Holloway
2015
Sid
Albert Herring (Britten)
Hampstead Garden Opera
2014
Speaker
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Young Opera Venture
2014
Botney
Madame X (Tim Benjamin)
Radius Ensemble
2014
Baritone
Kopernikus (Claude Vivier)
De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam
2014
Don Alfonso
Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Pavilion Opera
2014
Duke
Romeo and Juliet (Gounod)
Riverside Opera
2014
The Director
Six Characters in Search of a Stage (Edward Lambert)
Music Troupe
2014
Count Almaviva
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
Hampstead Garden Opera
2013
Herr Fluth
Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Nicolai)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Opera School
2013
Belcore
L'elisir d'amore (scenes) (Donizetti)
RCS / Aberdeen International Festival
2013
Ping
Turandot (scenes) (Puccini)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2013
Faninal
Der Rosenkavalier (scenes) (Strauss, R)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2013
Demetrius
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland / Scottish Opera
2013
Junius
The Rape of Lucretia (Britten)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2012
Eugene Onegin
Eugene Onegin (scenes) (Tchaikovsky)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2012
Argante
Rinaldo (scenes) (Handel)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2012
Father Augustine
Betrothal in a Monastery (Prokofiev)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland / Scottish Opera
2012
Owen Wingrave
Owen Wingrave (Britten)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2011
Mr Gedge
Albert Herring (Britten)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2011
Nick Shadow
The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky)
Edinburgh Studio Opera
2011
Papageno
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Oxford Opera Company
2008
Abner
David and Goliath (Samuel Hogarth)
New Chamber Opera Studio
2007
Traveller
Curlew River (Britten)
Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
2006

Chorus

Chorus
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Garsington Festival Opera
2017
Chorus
Semele (Handel)
Garsington Festival Opera
2017
Chorus
King Arthur (Purcell)
Academy of Ancient Music / Barbican Centre
2017
Chorus
Koanga (Delius)
Wexford Festival Opera
2015
Chorus
Guglielmo Ratcliff (Mascagni)
Wexford Festival Opera
2015
Chorus
Le Pré aux clercs (Herold)
Wexford Festival Opera
2015
Chorus
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Bergen Nasjonale Opera
2015
Chorus
Alceste (Gluck)
Festival Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence
2010
Chorus
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Festival Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence
2010

Oratorio/Concerts

Baritone soloist and ensemble
Stabat Mater (Lennox Berkeley)
Marian Consort / Aldeburgh Easter Festival
2016
Simon
Judas Maccabaeus (Handel)
Pinner Festival
2016
Baritone soloist
War Requiem (Britten)
Chorus 14, Paris
2016
Baritone soloist (II)
Hail, Bright Cecilia! (Purcell)
Dunedin Consort/Wigmore Hall
2016
Baritone soloist
Weihnachtsoratorium (J S Bach)
Ludus Baroque
2015
St Paul
St Paul (Mendelssohn)
Todmorden Choral Society
2015
Baritone soloist
The Seasons (excerpts) (Haydn)
Leith Hill Musical Festival
2015
Baritone soloist
Magnificat (Schubert)
Leith Hill Musical Festival
2015
Baritone soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Dunedin Consort
2015
Baritone soloist
9th (Choral) Symphony (Beethoven)
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
2014
Baritone soloist
Chandos Anthems (selection) (Handel)
Charivari Agréable
2014
Baritone soloist
Magnificat (JS Bach)
Edinburgh Bach Choir
2014
Baritone soloist
Theresienmesse (Haydn)
Newbury Chamber Choir
2014
Baritone soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
Newbury Chamber Choir
2014
Baritone soloist
Mass In D (Dvořák)
Cadenza (Edinburgh)
2013
Baritone soloist
Coronation Mass (Mozart)
Leith Hill Musical Festival
2013
Baritone soloist
Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms)
Chapter House Singers, Edinburgh
2013
Baritone soloist
Come, Ye Sons of Art (Purcell)
Burford Singers
2013
Elijah
Elijah (Mendelssohn)
Haslemere Musical Society
2013
Priest / Angel of the Agony
The Dream Of Gerontius (Elgar)
Bute Hall, University of Glasgow
2012
Baritone soloist
Dona nobis pacem (Vaughan Williams)
Alba Festival, Italy
2012
Baritone soloist
Requiem (Fauré)
Leith Hill Musical Festival
2012
Baritone soloist
Schöpfungsmesse (Haydn)
Stour Singers
2012
Baritone soloist
Let God Arise (Handel)
Stour Singers
2012
Baritone soloist
Sing unto God (Handel)
Burford Singers
2012
Baritone soloist
Mass in C (Schubert)
Cunninghame Choir
2012
Baritone soloist
Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Vaughan Williams)
Cunninghame Choir
2011
Baritone soloist
In terra pax (Finzi)
Cunninghame Choir
2011
Baritone soloist
Dixit Dominus (Handel)
Cadenza (Edinburgh)
2011
Arias and Pilatus
St John Passion (JS Bach)
Britten Pears Young Artists at Snape Maltings
2011
Baritone soloist
The Creation (Haydn)
Welwyn Garden City Music Society
2011
Christus
St Matthew Passion (JS Bach)
University Church, Oxford
2011
Baritone soloist
Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams)
St Andrew's Church, Oxford
2010
Baritone soloist
Requiem (Duruflé)
St Andrew's Church, Oxford
2010
Baritone soloist
Magnificat (CPE Bach)
Stour Singers
2009
Baritone soloist
Christmas Oratorio (Saint-Saëns)
Welwyn Garden City Music Society
2009
Baritone soloist
Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini)
Abingdon and District Music Society
2009
Baritone soloist
Messe Solenelle St Cecilia (Gounod)
Oxford Bach Choir
2009
Baritone soloist
Nelson Mass (Haydn)
Reading Festival Chorus
2009
Baritone soloist
Cantata BWV 82 'Ich habe genug' (JS Bach)
Chelmsford Cathedral
2009
Baritone soloist
Cantata BWV 147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben' (JS Bach)
Holywell Music Room, Oxford
2009
Baritone soloist
Cantata BWV 70 'Wachet! betet! betet! wachet!' (JS Bach)
Ensemble Combassal (Basel)
2008
Gobrias
Belshazzar (Handel)
New Chamber Opera
2008
Baritone soloist
Mass In C Minor (Mozart)
Choros
2008
Baritone soloist
Christmas Oratorio (JS Bach)
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
2006
Baritone soloist
Pulcinella (Stravinsky)
Oxford Chamber Orchestra
2006
Baritone soloist
Te Deum (Charpentier)
Merton College Chapel, Oxford
2006
Baritone soloist (evangelist quartet)
Passio (Arvo Pärt)
York Minster
2006

Other

Art Officer in Uniform
Irma (Opus XIIb) (Tom Phillips)
Sound UK / Apartment House / South London Gallery
2017
Baritone
the hand that takes (Cheryl Frances-Hoad)
Cambridge Junction
2014

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Competitions

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)

MMus (Opera)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2011–2013
MMus (Vocal Performance)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2010–2011
Master's in Advanced Vocal Ensemble Studies
Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
2009–2010

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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