Tim Mead

Voice/Instrument: Countertenor


Tim Mead was a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge where he read music and studied singing with Charles Brett. He went on to win a number of scholarships to the Royal College of Music, London, where he studied with Robin Blaze.

Recent engagements include title role Admeto Händel-Festspiele Göttingen and the Edinburgh Festival, title role Endimione La Calisto for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Paggio and Ombra di Bussiride Ercole amante for De Nederlandse Opera c. Ivor Bolton, Ottone The Coronation of Poppea for English National Opera, the première of The Minotaur (by Sir Harrison Birtwistle) at the Royal Opera House, title role Orlando for Chicago Opera Theatre Giulio Cesare for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, title role Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice c. Marcus Creed with the Akademie für Alte Musik in Hamburg, title role Siroe for Oper der Zeit c. Andreas Spering in Austria, David Saul for Opera North in concert, Ometh Golem for the Angers-Nantes Opéra, Bach Magnificat and Dixit Dominus with Emmannuelle Haim and Le Concert d’Astrée, Johannes Gebel's Johannes Passionfor the NPS Zatertagmatinee, Das Weihnachtsoratorium with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, Oronte Riccardo Primo for the Basel Kammerorchester, Israel in Egypt c. Anthony Bramell in Karlsruhe, Orfeo for ENO and for the Handel and Haydn Society, USA, Ottone Il Coronazione di Poppea for the Opéra de Lyon c. William Christie, Solomon for the Lufthansa Baroque Festival c. Ivor Bolton, Trasimede Admeto for Opernhaus Halle c. Howard Arman, Athamas Semele for BYO, Biber’s Missa Bruxellensis in the Proms with the Acadaemy of Ancient Music c. Paul Goodwin, Messiah with the Manchester Camerata c. Nicholas Kraemer, Melo Sosarme, re di Media and title role Ezio London Handel Festival, concert performances of Idelberto Lotario c. Paul Goodwin with the Basel Kammerorchester, Farnace Mitridate with the Classical Opera Company in St. John’s Smith Square, Bach St. John Passion with the Hanover Band, St. Matthew Passion with the Britten Sinfonia, and Occasional Oratorio with The King’s Consort at QEH, Telemann's Brockes Passion with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging for the NPS Zatertagmatinee, Messiah c. Alan Curtis in Madrid,

Recordings include: Riccardo Primo (role: Oronte) - Basel Kammerorchester/Paul Goodwin (Sony BMG), Handel: Solomon (title role) - FestspielOrchester Gottingen/Nicholas McGegan (Carus), Purcell: Ode's (alto solos) - Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury (EMI), Domenico Scarlatti: choral works (alto solos) - Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury (EMI), Handel: Israel in Egypt (alto solos) - Orchester der Deutschen, Handel-Solisten/Anthony Brammal (Brilliant Classics). On DVD: Handel: Admeto (role: Trasimede) - Handel-Festspiele Halle, c. Howard Arman, dir. Axel Kohler (Arthaus Musik)

Current season/future plans: Ottone for Den Norske Opera Oslo, Tolomeo Giulio Cesare for the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, title role Rinaldo with Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan, concerts with RIAS and Hans-Christoph Rademann, Clearte Niobe for the Royal Opera House, Eustazio Rinaldo in the Glyndebourne Festival, Ottone with Haïm in Dijon and Lille. 

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