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Quentin Hayes

With 30 years’ experience as a professional singer Quentin Hayes is renowned for his versatility. He first studied singing at Malvern College with Charles Brett. He continued his studies at Dartington Arts College, Guildhall School of Music (with Arthur Reckless) and the National Opera Studio on a Countess of Munster Scholarship.  His initial years were spent performing early music with the Schütz Choir, Philippe Herreweghe , René Jacobs and English Bach Festival.

He made his operatic debut with Welsh National Opera as Morales (Carmen). This was shortly followed by Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) for Glyndebourne Tour and Ford (Falstaff) and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) for English National Opera. His first role for Scottish Opera was Angelotti (Tosca) with Sir Alexander Gibson.

As well as Garsington he was also associated with the early years of Grange Park Opera ,where he sang Count Almaviva (Marriage of Figaro), Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Clavaroche (Fortunio), Belcore (L’Elisir d’ Amore), Sonora (Fanciulla del West) and Pantalon (Love for Three Oranges). During the 1990s he sang in Germany at such houses as Berlin Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf and Oper Frankfurt.

In 1993 he won the VARA Dutch Radio Prize at the Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. This led to subsequent engagements at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw including Mereia/Lepidus in Detlev  Glanert’s Caligula.

Contemporary operas include Stephen Oliver’s Timon of Athens, Schnittke’s Life with an Idiot (both ENO), Nicholas Maw’s Sophie’s Choice and Birtwistle’s Gawain and the Green Knight (both ROH) and René Koering’s Scènes de Chasse (Opéra National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon).

He has sung with many prestigious orchestras including The Berlin Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra (with the late Richard Hickox), Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Performances on the concert platform include Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony (Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Exeter Cathedral, London Guildhall), Verdi Requiem (Worcester Cathedral, Lincoln and Exeter Cathedrals, Nottingham Albert Hall ,Oxford Sheldonian and Guernsey), Britten’s War Requiem  (Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Colston Hall Bristol, Kidderminster Town Hall), Mendelssohn’s  Elijah (Utrecht, Netherlands Radio Orchestra, Snape Maltings, Wells and Guildford Cathedral), Elgar’s The Kingdom (Wells and Exeter Cathedrals, Kidderminster Town Hall), Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast  (Christ’s Hospital School ), Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius (Leith Hill Festival, Bath Forum, Oxford Sheldonian and Marlborough College Chapel)) and Messiah (Trondheim and Hereford Cathedrals).

As well as television appearances he has recorded for Hyperion, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca Argo, Chandos and Naxos.

Quentin’s current engagements include Manz (Village Romeo and Juliet) and Metifio (L’Arlesiana) Wexford Festival , Elgar’s Coronation Ode (Leith Hill Festival), Rigoletto , title role (Luxembourg and Thaxted Festivals), Macbeth, title role, Blackheath Concert Halls; and also Mozart Requiem (Oxford Sheldonian), Elijah (Exeter Cathedral), Dream of Gerontius (Winchester Cathedral), CPE Bach Magnificat in Poland and a recording with Maestro Richard Bonynge of Balfe’s Satanella.

He is now a part time vocal teacher at the RNCM, Manchester.

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