A versatile singer and actor, British baritone Jolyon Loy joins the Atelier Lyrique at the Verbier Festival this summer, appearing as Erster Preister / Zweiter geharnischeter Mann in Die Zauberflöte with Stanislav Kochanovsky and Wächter / Geist in Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten with Valery Gergiev. In August, he returns to the UK to sing Ghost of Samuel in Handel’s Saul under Laurence Cummings at the Dartington International Festival and will appear as Apollo in John Eccles' Semele with Cambridge Handel Opera & the Academy of Ancient Music later this year (to be recorded on AAM Records).
Jolyon’s previous operatic roles have included 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, Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro for the Berlin Opera Festival, Papageno The Magic Flute with Hampstead Garden Opera, Bobinot The Storm for Helios Collective, Ronald The Life to Come with Surrey Opera, Giove La Calisto & Thésée Hippolyte et Aricie for Woodhouse Opera, Osman/Huascar Les Indes Galantes with Benslow Music, Marchese d’Obigny La Traviata for Opera Lyrica, Aeneas Dido & Aeneas, Marco Gianni Schicchi, Figaro Le nozze di Figaro and Owen Hart in the UK staged premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
On the concert platform Jolyon has appeared as a soloist at numerous festivals and concert halls, including the Aldeburgh Festival, Wexford Festival Opera, the Dartington International Festival, Snape Maltings & Glasgow’s City Halls. Performances have included Valens Theodora with Christian Curnyn as part of the Britten Pears Young Artist Program, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Finzi Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice, Handel Dixit Dominus, Bach St Matthew Passion, 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, Puccini Messa di Gloria & Bach B Minor Mass. In December this year he appears as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Adrian Lucas and the CBSO at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.
A keen student of song, Jolyon will appear in recital at Snape Maltings this June singing songs by Britten, coached by Mark Padmore, Julia Faulkner & James Ballieu, and will also appear at the Verbier Festival singing Strauss & Wolf lieder under the guidance of Thomas Hampson, Thomas Quasthoff & Barbara Frittoli. He has so far participated in masterclasses with Bryan Hymel, Dame Sarah Connolly, Dame Felicity Lott, Sarah Walker, Gianni Maffeo & Mark Stone.
Jolyon is currently 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. He began his operatic training in London at the Royal Academy of Music under Philip Doghan & Robert Dean, coached by James Baillieu & Mary Hill. 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 & Birmingham Cathedral.
Jolyon is 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, the Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund, The Mario Lanza Foundation, The Josephine Baker Trust, The Trevor Osborne Trust and The D'Oyly Carte Trust.