Grant Doyle - baritone
Born in Adelaide, Grant Doyle completed his studies at the Royal College of Music in London, and then joined the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Subsequent roles for the Royal Opera include Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia, Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos, Schaunard, Bello La Fanciulla del West, Demetrius A Midsummer's Night Dream, Morales Carmen, and roles in three world premieres, the Narrator in Dominique LeGendre’s Bird of Night, Billy in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole and Abraham in James MacMillan’s Clemency.
Appearances in Europe include Demetrius and Der Einäugige Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and Ned Keene Peter Grimes at the Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas.
In 2009 he made his debut with Opera North as Sasha Paradise Moscow returning to sing Albert Werther and Robin Oakapple/Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd in the acclaimed production of Ruddigore. In 2010 he made his debut with Garsington Opera as Count Le nozze di Figaro returning in 2012 to sing the title role in Don Giovanni. Other roles include the title role in Eugene Onegin for Stanley Hall Opera, Marcello La Boheme for Raymond Gubbay at the Royal Albert Hall, Schaunard for Glyndebourne on Tour, Apparition of a Poet The Adventures of Mr Broucek for Scottish Opera, and Frederic Lakmé, Marcello La Boheme and the title role in The Fantastic Mr Fox for Opera Holland Park. Earlier this year he sang the title role Barber of Seville for ETO.
In his native Australia, Grant has appeared as Starbuck in Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, Zurga Les pêcheurs de perles, Count Le nozze di Figaro and Pooh-Bah The Mikado for State Opera of South Australia and Yamadori Madama Butterfly for Opera Australia. He sang King Phillip II in Isaac Nathan's ballad opera Don John of Austria especially orchestrated by Sir Charles Mackerras for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and recorded by the ABC. Other roles include the title roles in Britten’s Owen Wingrave, and Thomas' Hamlet, Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Silvio I Pagliacci, Escamillo Carmen, Frank/Fritz Die tote Stadt, Dandini Cenerentola, Belcore L'elisir d'amore, Sid Albert Herring, and Nathan in Nicholas Maw’s Sophie’s Choice.
He played the lead role in the Channel 4/ABC film of The Eternity Man, which won the 2009 Rose d’Or Award for Best Performing Arts programme; he also recorded the Forester for the BBC animated film of The Cunning Little Vixen with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by Kent Nagano as well as creating the role of Carlo in Judith Weir’s opera Armida for Channel 4 TV.
As a busy concert soloist, Grant Doyle performed with the Australia Ballet in the Australian tour of Carmina Burana/Fauré Requiem. He has since sung Carmina Burana with the Bach Choir at the Royal Festival Hall, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniele Gatti, Ulster Orchestra and for Raymond Gubbay at the Royal Albert Hall. Other performances include Fauré Requiem (Hallé Orchestra), Judas Maccabeus (King’s Lynn Festival), Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass (Philharmonia/Brighton Festival), Brahms German Requiem with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and with the Bach Choir/Philharmonia at the Cheltenham Festival and Westminster Cathedral, Britten’s War Requiem (Hertfordshire Chorus and Huddersfield Choral Society), A Child of Our Time (Crouch End Festival Chorus/Barbican), Christus St John Passion (Irish Chamber Orchestra), Christus St Matthew Passion (Leicester Bach Choir) and Messiah with the Royal Choral Society at the Royal Albert Hall.
Plans include Abraham Clemency (Scottish Opera), Paolo Simon Boccanegra (ETO), Zurga Les pêcheurs de perles (Opera Holland Park) and Ping Turandot (ROH).