A WINTER BIRTHDAY, WIGMORE HALL
"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."
MUSIC OMH, 2019
Rising British-Russian baritone Theodore Platt is considered one of the most promising young voices of the opera world today celebrated for his "warm and powerful English baritone" (Music OMH). He was a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s Opera Studio and in 2022 was named recipient of the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust (BBT) Fellowship.
In the 2022/23 season, Theodore Platt makes his debut at Glyndebourne Festival, in Barrie Koksy’s highly anticipated new production of Dialogues des Carmélites.
Following the invitation to the 2023 edition of Mozart Week (in its fifth year under Rolando Villazón’s directorship), he sings at the Salzburger Marionettentheater in the inaugural production directed by the Austrian tenor Paul Schweinester; Der alte Baum. Theodore Platt also performs in Die Frau ohne Schatten with Kirill Petrenko and Berliner Philharmoniker in Baden-Baden and Berlin. Later, he returns to Salzburg to participate in a concert of the Mozarteum Foundation alongside the Stadler Quartett, pianist Keval Shah and Rolando Villazón as moderator.
Theodore looks forward to engagements in forthcoming seasons at venues including Glyndebourne, Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, and the Royal Danish Opera.
Highlights from recent operatic seasons include Platt’s exciting role debuts in 2021/22 as Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, as Lakai in Ariadne auf Naxos and as Conte Ceprano in Rigoletto. The baritone also received great acclaim jumping in last minute as Wiedehopf (Die Vögel) at the State Opera Munich Festival in 2021.
Further operatic engagements include Barbiere (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), and Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni) in concert performances with Bayerische Staatsoper’s Opera studio; Ramiro (L’heure espagnole) for RCM London, and Stravinsky’s Threni with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Platt created the role of Digital Baritone in the world premiere of Miroslav Srnka’s Singularity alongside Klangforum Wien at State Opera Munich and took on the role of Johannes Kepler in the world premiere of Kepler’s Trial, a contemporary opera composed by Tim Watts, which was staged as part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition “Opera: Passion, Power and Politics”.
Being a sought-after concert singer, the baritone made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2019 as part of Graham Johnson’s Songmakers’ recital series, returning in 2022 in recital with Malcolm Martineau. In 2021, Theodore performed at the Oxford Lieder Festival and at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. In 2018-19, his participation in the inaugural French Song Exchange at Wigmore Hall, led by Felicity Lott and François Le Roux, culminated with recitals in London and Paris.
Theodore Platt is an alumnus of the Verbier Festival Academy and the Royal College of Music Opera Studio. He attended the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie (IMA), which was followed by engagements with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and a Schubert recital broadcast on BR-Klassik.
London-born, Theodore Platt studied Music at St John’s College, Cambridge.
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, First Prize with duo partner Keval Shah in the 13th International Art Song Competition, Stuttgart, 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).