Jake Arditti

Already a professional singer at the age of eleven, when he sang Yniold in Pelléas et Mélisande for Glyndebourne Festival, and in several productions at English National Opera, Jake Arditti has had a meteoric rise to fame since his prize-winning performance at the 2012 Innsbruck Baroque Singing Competition.

His “… show-stealing riches of vocal colour and stage presence” (Daily Telegraph) have already brought him widespread critical and public acclaim, not only in such baroque virtuoso warhorses as the title roles in Handel’s Rinaldo (Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow), Serse (Longborough Festival Opera) and Riccardo Primo (London Handel Festival) as well as  Sesto (Giulio Cesare at Teatro Colón and Oper Halle), but also in such rarities as Emone in Traetta’s Antigone (Wiener Kammeroper), Euripilo/La Discordia/Polluce in Cavalli’s Elena (Festival d’Aix en Provence, Lille and Lisbon), and Apollo in Legrenzi’s La divisione del mondo with Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques(Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Colmar, Nancy, Versailles and Köln).

His extended vocal range has also seen him encompass such roles as Amore (Theater an der Wien and ZürichOpera) and Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Pinchgut Opera Sydney), as well as Nerone in Agrippina (Theater an der Wien and Göttingen Handel Festival). He sung David in Handel’s Saul at Theater an der Wien ‒ a role debut in a new production directed by Claus Guth and conducted by Laurence Cummings. Jake most recently sung the title-role in Robert Carsen’s production of Handel’s Rinaldo for Glyndebourne, as well as the title-role in Corselli’s Achille in Sciro conducted by Ivor Bolton and directed by Mariame Clément at the Teatro Real Madrid.

Romantic and modern roles include Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel (Wiener Kammeroper), Voice of Apollo in Death in Venice (Stuttgart and Opéra National du Rhin), Prince Gogo in Ligeti’s Le grand macabre (Essen), and SUM by Max Richter and Wayne McGregor.

On the concert platform, Jake has displayed a similarly remarkable versatility, from Ernesto in Vinci’s Gismondo, re di Polonia (Vienna, Moscow, Dortmund and Bayreuth), Contre-ténors with Il Pomo d’Oro (Sablé and Nice) and From Soul to Soul with the Pera Ensemble (Heidelberg and Cologne), to Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater under Ivor Bolton, or the premieres of Hilda Paredes’ Canciones Lunáticas and Sciarrino’s Cosa Resta with the Arditti Quartet. Most recently he performed Olga Neuwirth’s Hommage à Klaus Nomi along with the Ensemble intercontemporain (Philharmonie in Paris and Cité de la Musique in Strasbourg).

During the 2021/22 season, Jake has sung the role of Sesto in a new production of Giulio Cesare under the direction of Ivor Bolton (Theater an der Wien). He also has returned to Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea singing the role Amore (Oper Zürich) and Nerone (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence). In spring, the countertenor has been heard in Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Los Angeles with Musica Angelica conducted by Martin Haselbock.

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