Born in London, Tristan Hambleton studied at St John’s College, Cambridge, Heidelberg Universität and then at the Royal Academy of Music, London. During his time at RAM, he was awarded the inaugural ABRSM scholarship, a Countess of Munster Trust Scholarship and the D’Oyly Carte Trust Scholarship. Tristan is a Josephine Baker Trust Artist, a Jackdaws Young Artist, and was also a Samling Artist.
After graduating from the RAM Opera School in 2015, Tristan went on to make his professional debut creating the role of Karl in the world premiere of David Bruce’s youth opera Nothing at Glyndebourne, a joint commission with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Balthazar in Donizetti’s La Favorite for University College Opera at London’s Theatre Royal Stratford.
As a keen recitalist and concert performer, Tristan has performed with notable ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hallé and the London Mozart Players in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Saint Martin in the Fields, St John’s Smith Square, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In Wagner’s bicentenary year, Tristan was invited by Sir Mark Elder to sing the role of Hermann Ortel in the Hallé’s concert performance of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and was subsequently invited back for Mozart’s Requiem at Bridgewater Hall. His oratorio repertoire also includes Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Paukenmesse, Theresienmesse, Missa Cellensis and Salve Regina, Mozart’s Credo Mass, Coronation Mass, Missa Brevis, and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Beethoven’s Mass in C, and Symphony No. 9 as well as Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Faure’s Requiem.
On the operatic stage, Tristan’s repertoire includes Re di Scozia in Ariodante, Achilla in Giulio Cesare, Somnus in Semele, the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo and Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte, Masetto and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, Nick Shadow and Dr. Truelove in The Rake’s Progress, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto for Nevill Holt Opera.
Recent engagements included a return to Nevill Holt to sing Angelotti in Tosca, Escamillo in a concert performance of Carmen with Tonbridge Philharmonic Society, Sergeant in Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus with Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells, Messiah on tour with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Theresienmesse in his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart Requiem with Tonbridge Philharmonic Society, Rossini Stabat Mater with the Hanover Band and Colline (cover) La Boheme and Bonze (cover) Madama Butterfly both for WNO.
This season Tristan sings Angelotti Tosca with The Tobacco Factory Theatre. On the concert platform, he joins the Hanover Band for a performance of Handel’s Messiah, as well as Opera National de Bordeaux and the Conservatoire de Bordeaux, to coach students of the conservatoire and perform Messiah at both the Auditorium de Bordeaux and Ars-en-Ré. He will also sing Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Oxford Bach Choir, St John’s Passion at Chester Cathedral and Mozart Requiem at Exeter Cathedral.
KSO performance history
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