Damian Thantrey | baritone
Damian studied law at Clare College, Cambridge, working in the City before studying singing at the Royal College of Music, where he won the Tagore Gold medal and held the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship.
His many operatic and stage appearances include Deputy Mayor in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole and Marullo in Rigoletto (Royal Opera House); Lun Tha The King and I, Cinderella’s Prince/ Wolf Into the Woods, Count Ludovic Passion, Franz/Randolph Sunday in the Park with George and Mr Lindquist A Little Night Music (Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris); Chau Lin A Night at the Chinese Opera, Eisenstein Die Fledermaus and Brother Seven Deadly Sins (Scottish Opera); English Clerk Death in Venice (Opera North, Aldeburgh and Bregenz Festivals, Opéra de Lyon); Traveller Death in Venice (Opéra de Metz); Pastore Orfeo and Messenger Oedipus Rex (Opera North); Nardo La finta giardiniera (Garsington Festival); and the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Owen Wingrave. He specialises in contemporary repertoire and has premiered over forty new works. His recordings include Thomas Hyde's That Man Stephen Ward (Resonus RES10197), Erik Chisholm’s Simoon, Turnage’s Anna Nicole (DVD) and Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George (TV).
Outside performing, his English translation of Handel’s Riccardo Primo – co-written with Lee Blakeley – was recently premiered in the United States (Opera Theatre St Louis). He is also the Artistic Director of the Hargrave Music Festival and is the guest Artistic Director for the 2018 Lichfield Festival.