"Theodore's voice has not only power throughout his range, but there is to it everything you’d want in an English baritone, including warmth with edge. Of all the singers, he demonstrated the most adaptability with language, tackling German, French, Hungarian, Norwegian and Euskara, as well as American English. Definitely a voice to listen out for."
B I O G R A P H Y
British-Russian baritone Theodore Platt is a member of the Opernstudio at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Theodore 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.
Theodore 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.
Theodore studies with Russell Smythe and read Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 2016.
A W A R D S
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, as well as the Prix Thierry Mermod (Verbier Festival).
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.
Theodore has participated in numerous masterclasses, most notably with Dame Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender, Dame Sarah Connolly, Thomas Quasthoff, Dimitri Platanias and Barbara Frittoli.