British baritone Jolyon Loy is a member of the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studies with Scott Johnson & Duncan Williams, supported by The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust, The Perry Family Foundation and The Elmley Foundation.
A Britten Pears Young Artist 2018/19, he began his operatic training at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Philip Doghan & Robert Dean. Previously, Jolyon read French & Italian at Magdalen College, Oxford University where he sang, recorded and toured internationally with Magdalen College Choir. He began his singing career as a chorister & choral scholar at Worcester Cathedral.
This summer Jolyon joins the prestigious Atelier Lyrique at the Verbier Festival both in recital and as Erster Priester in Die Zauberflöte, and also sings Ghost of Samuel in Handel’s Saul under Laurence Cummings at the Dartington International Festival. Future appearances at the RCS include the title role in Le nozze di Figaro and Owen Hart in the UK staged premiere of Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.
Previous roles have included Sonora La Fanciulla del West for Wexford Festival Opera, Schaunard La Bohème for Clonter Opera, Christian Weiss in The Great Passion for the Dartington International Festival, Aeneas Dido & Aeneas and Marco Gianni Schicchi for the RCS, Osman/Huascar Les Indes Galantes with Benslow Music, Conte Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, as part of the Berlin Opera Festival, Papageno The Magic Flute for Hampstead Garden Opera, Giove La Calisto, Thésée Hippolyte et Aricie, & Marchese d’Obigny La Traviata. Jolyon joined the Glyndebourne Festival chorus in 2016 in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, directed by David McVicar.
On the concert platform, Jolyon has appeared as a soloist at the Aldeburgh Festival, Wexford Festival Opera, the Dartington International Festival, Snape Maltings and numerous other festivals across the UK. His repertoire includes Valens in Handel’s Theodora under Christian Curnyn, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Finzi Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice, Handel Dixit Dominus, Bach St Matthew Passion (Jesus), Bach St John Passion, Dvorak Te Deum, Schubert Mass in G, Britten Cantata Misericordium, J.C. Bach Magnificat, Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle & Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes.
Upcoming appearances include Puccini Messa di Gloria & Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle with the Rosenethe Singers, Bach B Minor Mass with Bearsden Choir/Philharmonic at Glasgow’s City Halls, & Handel Messiah with the CBSO/Adrian Lucas at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.
Jolyon has been the grateful recipient of a number of awards and scholarships, including the Zenaida Nevsky Memorial Prize from the Berlin Opera Academy and generous sponsorship from Kate Sokoloff, Il Circolo Italian Cultural Association, Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund, The Mario Lanza Foundation, The Josephine Baker Trust, The Trevor Osborne Trust and The D'Oyly Carte Trust.
He has participated in masterclasses with Bryan Hymel, Dame Sarah Connolly, Dame Felicity Lott, Sarah Walker, Gianni Maffeo & Mark Stone.