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René Bloice-Sanders

Voice Type:

Baritone

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Eugene Onegin
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Opera South-East
2018
Salieri
Mozart and Salieri (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Time Zone Opera
2017
Bass soloist
Staged Messiah (Handel)
The Merry Opera Company
2017
Belcore
L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti)
Jackdaws OperaPLUS
2016
Marcello​
La bohème (Puccini)
Merry Opera
2016
Figaro
Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)
Mananan Opera
2015
Figaro
Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)
Jackdaws OperaPLUS
2015
Marco
Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
Fulham Opera
2015
Stevedore
Il tabarro (Puccini)
Fulham Opera
2015
Figaro
Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)
Merry Opera
2015
Morales / El Dancaïre
Carmen (Bizet)
Opera South-East
2014
Ambrogio
Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)
Opera Holland Park
2014
Bass soloist
Staged Messiah (Handel)
The Merry Opera Company
2014
Baron Douphol
La traviata (Verdi)
Opera Loki
2013
Orfeo
L'Orfeo (Monteverdi)
Hampstead Garden Opera
2012

Chorus

Chorus
L'italiana in Algeri (Rossini)
Garsington Opera
2016
Chorus
Aida (Verdi)
Opera Holland Park
2015
Chorus
Lakmé (Delibes)
Opera Holland Park
2015
Chorus
L'amore dei tre re (Montemezzi)
Opera Holland Park
2015
Chorus
Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini)
Opera Holland Park
2014
Chorus
La fanciulla del West (Puccini)
Opera Holland Park
2014
Chorus
I gioielli della Madonna (Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari)
Opera Holland Park
2013
Chorus
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Royal Academy Opera
2013
Chorus
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Royal Academy Opera
2012

Oratorio/Concerts

Elijah
Elijah (Mendelssohn)
Bishop's Stortford Choral Society
2018
Soloist
Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan-Williams)
Derby Choral Society
2018
Bass soloist
Mass in C minor (Mozart)
Bristol Choral Society
2017
Bass soloist
Mass in C minor (Mozart)
Bristol Choral Society
2017
Baritone soloist
Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Vaughan-Williams)
Bristol Choral Society
2017
Bass / Baritone soloist
Creation (Haydn)
Whitstable Choral Society
2017
Baritone soloist
Sea Symphony (Vaughan-Williams)
Barnet Choral Society
2017
Bass soloist
Johannes Passion (J.S. Bach)
Barnet Choral Society
2016
Bass soloist
Mass in C (Beethoven)
Etcetera Choir
2016
Baritone soloist
Fauré Requiem (Fauré)
South-West London Choral Society
2015
Bass soloist
Mass in b minor (Bach)
Epsom Choral Society
2015
Baritone soloist
Requiem (Duruflé)
Chiswick Choir
2015
Baritone soloist
A Cornish Requiem (Jamie Brown)
Voices of London Festival
2015
Bass soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Mansfield Choral Society
2014
Bass soloist
Nelson Mass (Haydn)
Dorking Choral Society
2014
Bass soloist
St Matthew Passion (J.S. Bach)
East Midlands Voices
2014
Baritone soloist
Flight of the Birds (David Holyoake)
The Forge, Camden
2014
Bass soloist
Mozart Requiem (Mozart)
East Bridge Chorale
2013
Bass soloist
Magnificat (Schubert)
East Bridge Chorale
2013
Baritone soloist
A German Requiem (Brahms)
Sandwich and District Choral Society
2013
Bass soloist
St John Passion (J.S. Bach)
St Barnabas' Cathedral, Nottingham
2013
Bass soloist
The Crucifixion (Stainer)
Christ the Cornerstone Church, Milton Keynes
2013
Bass soloist
Christmas Vespers (Monteverdi)
Wendover Choral Society
2012
Bass soloist
Mozart Requiem (Mozart)
Isle of Wight Cantata Choir
2012
Bass soloist
Vespers (Monteverdi)
Isle of Wight Cantata Choir
2011

Other

Soloist
Masterclass with Simon Keenlyside (Vaughan-Williams and Schubert)
Royal Academy of Music
2013
Soloist
Masterclass with Florian Boesch (Schumann)
Royal Academy of Music
2011

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Figaro (The Barber of Seville, Merry Opera 2015)

Figaro backstage (The Barber of Seville, Merry Opera, 2015)

Morales (Carmen, 2014)

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"René Bloice-Sanders is outstanding as Figaro, imbuing the character with an irrepressible spark of mischief and singing with gusto and panache." - Nicola Lisle (Oxford Times) (2015)

"René Bloice-Sanders is outstanding as Figaro. Bloice-Sanders – his eyes twinkling knowingly and his moustache twirling confidently – sings his famous first number so freshly that you feel you’re hearing it for the first time. His intonation and timing are highly accomplished and he’s no mean actor, especially when he catches the audience’s eye with a knowing look." - Susan Elkin (2015)

"Bloice-Sanders displayed lovely tone and power...Orfeo's despair and ensuing fortitude in the face of the challenge from Charon were rendered superbly" - David Karlin (Bachtrack) (2012)

"I particularly loved Orfeo's lament towards the end of the opera: Bloice-Sanders sung it with power and dignity" - David Karlin (Bachtrack) (2012)

MA - Vocal Studies
Royal Academy of Music
2011–2013
BA - Music
University of Nottingham
2007–2010

René’s vocal training began as a treble in Canterbury Cathedral Choir and he has never looked back, becoming a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain shortly after his voice broke. He graduated from The University of Nottingham with a BA (Hons) in 2010, where he performed regularly with a number of choirs in the East Midlands, including Schola Cantorum of St Barnabas’ Cathedral, and as a member of Opsoc, the University Opera Society. In September 2011 René began a postgraduate in Vocal Performance at the Royal Academy of Music and studied under the tutelage of Ryland and the in-demand vocal coach Audrey Hyland. He was awarded the Nora Carstairs Bland Award 2012/2013 and graduated with distinction in June 2013.

On the opera stage René has performed the roles of Marcello (La boheme), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Marco (Gianni Schicchi), Morales and Dancairo (Carmen), Orfeo (L’Orfeo) and Baron Duphol (La Traviata), operatic scenes as Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Taddeo (L’Italiana in Algeri), Guglielmo and Don Alfonso (Cosi Fan Tutte) and Mercurio (La Calisto), and his concert work has included Bach’s Johannes and Matthaus Passion, Brahms’ A German Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Monteverdi’s Vespers, Mozart’s Requiem, Duruflé's Requiem and Stainer’s The Crucifixion. Whilst he enjoys these large ensemble solo settings he also has a passion for song cycles, of which he has performed Beethoven's An Die Ferne Geliebte, Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad and Vaughan-Williams' Songs of Travel.

Upcoming performances include the role of Belcore in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore with Jackdaws OperaPLUS, bass soloist in performances of Bach's St John Passion and Beethoven's Mass in C in St John Smith Square and working with Garsington Opera in Summer 2016.

René is grateful to The Josephine Baker Trust, The Clive Pare Memorial Fund, The Seary Trust and The Ruby and Will George Trust for their generous support.

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