British baritone Jolyon Loy is currently a member of the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studies with Scott Johnson, 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, subsequently training with Robert Dean. As an undergraduate, 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.
A versatile singer and actor, Jolyon joins the Atelier Lyrique at the Verbier Festival this summer as Erster Priester Die Zauberflöte, with future appearances at the RCS to include the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Owen Hart in the UK premiere of Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.
In the 2018 season, Jolyon appeared as Sonora La Fanciulla del West for Wexford Festival Opera, Schaunard La Bohème for Clonter Opera, Christian Weiss The Great Passion for the Dartington International Festival, Aeneas Dido & Aeneas for Woodhouse Opera, and Osman/Huascar in Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes with Benslow Music.
Other roles have included Marco Gianni Schicchi & Aeneas Dido & Aeneas at the RCS, Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro with the Berlin Opera Academy, Papageno The Magic Flute for Hampstead Garden Opera, Giove La Calisto & Thésée Hippolyte et Aricie with Ensemble Orquesta, Bobinot The Storm for Helios Collective/ENO, Ronald The Life to Come, a premier by Louis Mander/Stephen Fry for Surrey Opera, and Marquis d’Obigny La Traviata for Opera Lyrica. In opera scenes Jolyon has appeared as Owen Wingrave Owen Wingrave, Guglielmo Così fan tutte, Onegin Eugene Onegin, & Count Robinson Il matrimonio segreto.
Jolyon joined the Glyndebourne Festival chorus in 2016 in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, directed by David McVicar.
On the concert platform, Jolyon has performed as a soloist at numerous festivals across the UK. Upcoming appearances include Puccini’s Messa di Gloria & Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Rosenethe Singers at Dunblane Cathedral, J.C. Bach’s Magnificat & Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with Greenock Philharmonic, J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass with Bearsden Choir/Philharmonic at Glasgow’s City Halls, and Handel’s Messiah at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall with the CBSO under Adrian Lucas.
Previous appearances have included Valens in Handel’s Theodora at Snape Maltings under Christian Curnyn, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb & Finzi’s Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice for the Aldeburgh Festival, Handel’s Dixit Dominus for Wexford Festival Opera, Jesus in J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the Dartington International Festival, Dvorak’s Te Deum at the Hitchin Festival, J.S. Bach’s St John Passion for the Chipping Campden Festival, Schubert’s Mass in G & Britten’s Cantata Misericordium with Hastings Choir/Philharmonic under Marcio da Silva, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle & Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes for the King’s Lynn Festival.
A devotee of song, Jolyon has appeared in recital singing Tchaikovsky, Marx, Schubert, Britten, Debussy & Chausson. As part of the Oxford Lieder Festival and London Song Festival 2016 he was selected to participate in masterclasses on Schumann’s Liederkreis Op. 39 and Joseph Marx. Later this year he returns to Snape Maltings as a Britten Pears Young Artist to work with Mark Padmore, James Baillieu & Julia Faulkner on Britten’s song output, and will also appear in recital as part of the Verbier Festival Academy’s song programme working with Thomas Hampson, Thomas Quasthoff & Susannah Waters.
Jolyon has been the grateful recipient of a number of awards, scholarships and masterclasses, including the Zenaida Nevsky Memorial Prize from the Berlin Opera Academy, and generous sponsorship from Kate Sokoloff, Il Circolo Italian Cultural Association, The 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.