English baritone Jolyon Loy studies at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, supported by The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust, The Perry Foundation, The Elmley Foundation, The South Square Trust & a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award. He is a Masters graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London and read French & Italian at Magdalen College, Oxford University where he sang with the chapel choir. He began his singing career as a chorister & choral scholar at Worcester Cathedral & Birmingham Cathedral.
A graduate of the Verbier Festival’s Atelier Lyrique, Jolyon has appeared as 1st Priest/2nd Armed Man in Die Zauberflöte under Stanislav Kochanovsky and as Wächter in Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten under Valery Gergiev. In 2019/20 he will appear as Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia at the RCS, Leone in Tamerlano with Cambridge Handel Opera, and Apollo in John Eccles' Semele with the Academy of Ancient Music, to be recorded on AAM Records.
Previous appearances have included Sonora La Fanciulla del West for Wexford Festival Opera, Lesbo Agrippina at the Dartington International Festival, Schaunard La Bohème for Clonter Opera, Conte Almaviva/Figaro Le nozze di Figaro at the Berlin Opera Festival and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Papageno The Magic Flute for Hampstead Garden Opera, Giove La Calisto & Thésée Hippolyte et Aricie for Woodhouse Opera, Osman/Huascar Les Indes Galantes, Marchese d’Obigny La Traviata, Aeneas Dido & Aeneas, Marco Gianni Schicchi, and Owen Hart in the UK staged premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. In 2016, Jolyon sang with the Glyndebourne Chorus.
A Britten Pears Young Artist 2018/19, he has appeared as Valens Theodora under Christian Curnyn at Snape Maltings and as the bass soloist in J.S. Bach’s BWV 78 under Philippe Herreweghe as part of the Snape Proms 2019. Other concert appearances have included Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Finzi Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice for the Aldeburgh Festival, Ghost of Samuel Saul under Laurence Cummings at the Dartington International Festival, Handel Dixit Dominus at Wexford Festival, 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 he appears as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Adrian Lucas at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.
Jolyon has performed in recital and participated in masterclasses at the Verbier Festival, the London Song Festival, the Oxford Lieder Festival and as a Britten Pears Young Artist with Bryan Hymel, Thomas Hampson, Thomas Quasthoff, Sarah Connolly, Mark Padmore, Felicity Lott, Barbara Frittoli, Sarah Walker, Hilary Summers, Gianni Maffeo, Mark Stone & Peter Kooij. He is the grateful recipient of awards and scholarships from The Mario Lanza Foundation, The Josephine Baker Trust, The Trevor Osborne Trust, The D'Oyly Carte Trust, The Dartington Hall Trust, The Cedar Trust, Kate Sokoloff, Il Circolo Italian Cultural Association, The Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund and the Berlin Opera Academy.
Handel: Saul (Ghost of Samuel); Theodora (Valens); Dixit Dominus
Runcie: The Great Passion (Christian Weiss)
Bach J.S.: St Matthew Passion; St John Passion; B Minor Mass; BWV 61& 65
Bach J.C.: Magnificat
Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes
Britten: Cantata Misericordium; Rejoice in the Lamb
Dvorak: Te Deum
Finzi: Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice
Walton: Chichester Service
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Puccini: Messa di Gloria
Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
Schubert: Mass in G
Williams: 5 Mystical Songs
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro/Count Almaviva);
Die Zauberflöte (Papageno/1st Priest/2nd Armed Man);
Così fan tutte* (Guglielmo)
Handel: Agrippina (Lesbo)
Puccini: La Fanciulla del West (Sonora);
La Bohème (Schaunard); Gianni Schicchi (Marco)
Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie (Thésée);
Les Indes Galantes (Osman/Huascar)
Cavalli: La Calisto (Giove)
Verdi: La Traviata (Marquis d’Obigny)
Heggie: Dead Man Walking (Owen Hart)
Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten (Wächter)
Purcell: Dido & Aeneas (Aeneas)
Britten: Owen Wingrave* (Owen Wingrave)
Cimarosa: Il matrimonio segreto* (Count Robinson)
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin* (Onegin)