Jack Roberts, Tenor
Jack’s early musical life began with playing guitar and singing in bands as a child in
his home town on the Isle of Wight, playing the pits of local musicals and then finally
embarking upon what would become a more serious career singing in local musicals
and operettas. After a whirlwind year of musical theatre shows, concerts and
competitions, Jack found his classical voice under his first teacher, Samantha Howard.
No more than 6 months after he had learnt his first operatic aria, he was successful in
gaining a place on the undergraduate vocal studies programme at The Guildhall School
of Music and Drama.
Following a successful first year at the Guildhall under the tutorage of David Pollard,
Jack won the Joyce Budd Second Prize of the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for young
singers to whom he is very grateful for having supported him through his degree.
Having finished his undergraduate degree in 2018 with a First Class Honours, Jack has
spent the last four years developing further as a freelance singer.
Recently performed roles include Lenksy (Eugene Onegin) for Opera Holland Park,
for which he was described by Opera Magazine as "the epitome of an emerging
talent", Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) for Ulster Touring Opera, Mr Upfold (Albert
Herring) for Clonter Opera, Rodolphe (La Nonne Sanglante, Gounod) for Gothic
Opera, his performance earning him a place in the finals of the Off West End Award
for best Opera Production, Nanki-Poo (The Mikado) for Charles Court Opera, Tolloller
(Iolanthe) for Charles Court Opera’s King’s Head Theatre production and cast recording,
Aubrey (Der Vampyr, Marschner) for Gothic Opera, Almaviva (Il barbiere di
Siviglia) for Barefoot Opera, Marco (The Gondoliers) for the Gilbert and Sullivan National Tour, Lensky (Eugine Onegin) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for Opera Loki, Senegabet (Kaj Nazar) for London Armenian Opera, El Remendado (Carmen) and 1st armed man/priest (The Magic Flute) for Oxford Opera, Fe-ni-han (Ba-ta-clan) for West Green House Opera, Nanki-Poo (The Mikado) and Tamino (The Mini Magic Flute) for Charles Court Opera, Monostatos (The Magic Flute) for GSMD & Opera Anywhere, Edmondo (Manon Lescaut), Basilio/Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro), Richard Dauntless (Ruddigore) for the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival.
On the Oratorio platform Jack has performed, most notably, as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Seasons (Haydn), Creation (Haydn), Maria Theresa Mass (Haydn), Nelson Mass (Haydn), Ode for St Cecelia’s Day (Handel), Ode to St Cecilia (Purcell), Dvorak’s Mass in D and Christus (Mendelssohn).
In addition to his solo work, Jack has performed in the chorus of Royal Opera, Garsington Opera Grange Park Opera, Longborough Festival Opera and The London Symphony Orchestra.