Welcome back Austin Gunn!

Bury Bach Choir is delighted that one of the UK’s leading tenors, Austin Gunn, will return to sing with the choir on Saturday 15 June to sing the part of the sailor in our concert performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Austin made his professional operatic debut as Vorsinger in Zaide with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras in the Edinburgh International Festival.   His Scottish Opera debut was covering Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, directed by Sir Thomas Allen and conducted by Speranza Scapucci.

He has worked with English National Opera every season since his debut as Guest in John Cage Dinner Party for ENO MusiCircus.  He is core tenor for ENO Baylis Know the Show events as Tamino in Magic Flute and Alfredo in La Traviata, a member of ENO Opera Squad 2015, 2016 and 2017 singing Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro in schools performances.  He has appeared as guest soloist with the ENO Community Choir.  

Austin made his Portuguese debut in 2017 as Martin in the premiere staging of Hummus by Zad Moultaka and Manager in The Waiter's Revenge by Stephen Oliver at the Musica Na Fabrica Festival, Lisbon directed by Max Hoehn.  His Swiss debut last year was as the Spectre in Dvorak's The Spectre's Bride in Z├╝rich, conducted by Philipp Mestrinel.  He performs extensively in opera galas for Black Cat Opera, Impromptu Opera, InterOpera, and Rocket Opera throughout the UK.  

Future roles include cover Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Longborough Festival Opera), Alfredo La Traviata, Kornelis La Princesse Jaune, Don JoseCarmen, Canio Pagliacci, Erik The Flying Dutchman, Frederick The Pirates of Penzance (Berwick Festival Opera) and Ruttekin Robin Hood (William Shield Festival).

Austin appears regularly throughout the UK and in France, Sweden and Italy in concert in repertoire ranging from Orff Carmina Burana and Rossini Stabat Mater to Bach St John Passion and Handel Judas Maccabeus.  As a recitalist in 2014-2015 he performed 'Tennyson's Lyricism and the Composer's Response' at the Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle, and 'Languorous Ecstasy', a selection of works by Libertine poets, at Hull University, as well as a selection of Victorian and Edwardian medicinal songs for the VIP relaunch of The Wellcome Collection in London.  He is currently preparing a recital of American art songs and a recital of 21st century music.

Recording and film credits to date include Montague John Cage Dinner Party, Maxwell Davies Solstice of Light, 1st Tenor Soloist Curlew River, Zweite Lehrbube Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, all for BBC Radio 3, a recital of song for American television network PBS, and as the singing voice of a German soldier in the television series 'Band of Brothers' directed by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

Tickets for the concert, priced from £15, can be purchased through the choir's website www.burybachchoir.co.uk, by visiting the Apex Box Office, or by calling the Apex on 01284 758000.


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