BioGRAPHY

"PLATT AS BUONAFIDE REVEALS AN

EXTREMELY WELL-DEVELOPED BARITONE

AND WHEN ON THE 'MOON' AROUSES OUR SYMPATHY"

IL MONDO DELLA LUNA

MUSIC OMH

British-Russian baritone Theodore Platt is an alumnus of the Verbier Festival Academy and the Royal College of Music Opera Studio, where he was helped by generous support from Marc Feigen, the Munster Trust Star Award, the Victoria Robey Scholarship, the Richard Toeman/Weinberger Opera Scholarship, a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Opera Award, and the Josephine Baker Trust.

In September 2020, Theodore will join the Bayerische Staatsoper as a member of its Opernstudio. 

He studies with Russell Smythe and Caroline Dowdle.

 

Theodore has had success in numerous competitions, winning Second Prize in the 64th Kathleen Ferrier Award, Third Prize at the 9th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, Second Prize in the Copenhagen Lied Duo Competition, First Prize in the 2018 Lies Askonas Competition, First Prize in the 2020 Joan Chissell Schumann Competition, and being awarded the Prix Thierry Mermod (Verbier Festival).

He attended the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Germany, studying with Prof. Edith Wiens. This led to performances with the Nuremburg Symphony Orchestra and a recital of Schubert lieder broadcast on German radio.

 

Recent operatic engagements include Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro/ Title (RCMOS) directed by Sir Thomas Allen; Ravel L’heure Espagnole/ Ramiro (RCMOS); Haydn Il Mondo della Luna/ Buonafede (RCMOS); Stravinsky Threni (Jurowski/LPO), Verdi Rigoletto/ Marullo (Kochanovsky/VFO), and Huw Watkins In The Locked Room/ Ben Pascoe (RCMOS).

 

On the recital platform, Theodore made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2019 as part of Graham Johnson’s Songmakers recital series, and looks forward to reappearing at Wigmore Hall several times in the coming seasons along with recitals for Oxford Lieder Festival, Iffley Music Society, and Sidmouth Music.

In 2018/19 Theodore was a participant in the inaugural French Song Exchange at Wigmore Hall, working closely with Felicity Lott and François Le Roux, culminating with recitals in London and Paris.

 

He has participated in numerous masterclasses, most notably with Dame Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender, Dame Sarah Connolly, Thomas Quasthoff, Dimitri Platanias and Barbara Frittoli.

Theodore read Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 2016.

schedule

Schedule

WIGMORE HALL

RECITAL

A WINTER BIRTHDAY

 

December 21

2019

With Ailish Tynan soprano; Anna Huntley mezzo-soprano; Theodore Platt baritone; Janet Suzman; Graham Johnson piano.

Graham Johnson continues his Songmakers’ Almanac series by celebrating the most famous birthday of all. With a selection of songs by composers from Wolf and Strauss to Vaughan Williams and Britten, the line-up of talented singers explore the Christmas story from numerous characters’ perspectives through the ages.

BARCELONA

VIÑAS COMPETITION

FINALS

 

 

January 19 - 26

2020

Founded in 1963 by Jacint Vilardell to commemorate Catalan tenor Francesc Viñas, the competition has become one of the major contests in the opera, oratorio and Lied world, in which young singers from all over the world take part every year. 

RCM

L'HEURE ESPANGNOLE

RAVEL | RAMIRO

 

 

March 16, 17, 19, 21

2020

Ravel’s popular comédie musicale L’heure espagnole takes French as its language, but is set in the Spanish city of Toledo. A humorous end to this triple bill, it follows a farcical plot, featuring the hapless Torquemada, his mischievous wife, and a host of comical characters concealed in clocks.

HARROW SCHOOL SPEECH ROOM

REQUIEM

VERDI

 

 

March 24

2020

With the Harrow School Choral Society conducted David Woodcock. 

CAMBRIDGE

MISSA SOLEMNIS

BEETHOVEN

 

 

March 28

2020

READING

PETIT MESSE SOLENNELLE

ROSSINI

 

 

April 4

2020

Famous for its inclusion of a harmonium, Rossini described the work as the last of my péchés de vieillesse or sins of old age! He questioned whether he had written sacred music or sacrilegious.

RADLETT MUSIC SOCIETY

RECITAL

 

 

April 29

2020

With Keval Shah, piano. A recital of songs ‘of a wayfarer’, including music by Schubert, Duparc, and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

WIGMORE HALL

RECITAL

 

 

December 5

2020

 

Media

Kodga by zhizn domashnim krugom | Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin

Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition Final, 2019

Aprite un po' quegli occhi | Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro

Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition Final, 2019

O du, mein holder Abendstern | Wagner, Tannhäuser 

Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition Final, 2019

Bella siccome un angelo | Donizetti, Don Pasquale

International Meistersinger Akademie 2019

Repertoire

Click here to download Theodore's full repertoire list.

 

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