UK-based Australian tenor, Hubert (Hugh) Francis returns to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in Season 2014-15 to sing the role of Toby Higgins Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. A past member of the esteemed young artist programme at Covent Garden, Mr Francis returns frequently as a guest, and his memorable appearances as Spoletta Tosca—a role he sings often—was committed to DVD with Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel; last season, he also sang the role of Der Bucklige Frau ohne Schatten.
Other recent highlights include his appearance in the role of Herod Salome in a production by State Opera of South Australia, and his engagement at De Nederlands Opera as First Croupier The Gambler in a new production by Andrea Breth. He appeared in Dublin in the role of Chairman Mao Nixon in China for Opera Wide Open’s inaugural production.
Past successes include his appearance as Vitek The Makropoulos Case, a role and house debut at Finnish National Opera, followed by a tour of Germany and North America with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra as Drum Major Wozzeck under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen and his return to the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Goro Madama Butterfly and Gamekeeper Rusalka; his appearance with Singapore Opera in his debut as Herod Salome, his return to De Nederlandse Opera for the role of The Bear Handler in The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya, and his appearance as the Second Jew Salome at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Mr Francis also appeared in Amsterdam as Thibault in a new production of Verdi’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes directed by Christof Loy, a role he repeated at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
Mr. Francis studied at Royal Northern College of Music and was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 2002-04. Past engagements at Covent Garden include Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia, Spoletta Tosca, Harlekin Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Trin La Fanciulla del West, Third Jew in David McVicar’s new production of Salome conducted by Philippe Jordan, and Loge (cover) Das Rheingold in Keith Warner’s recent Ring under the musical direction of Antonio Pappano.
Significant appearances include the Drum Major for Welsh National Opera in Richard Jones’ award winning production of Wozzeck. Returning to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Mr. Francis appeared as First Croupier The Gambler and as Third Jew Salome.
International roles include Yannakos in David Pountney’s production of The Greek Passion at the Janáček Theatre in Brno; Shabby Peasant Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (directed by Paul Curran) for Canadian Opera Company; Terry Bond Playing Away (David Pountney), Ferdinand Karl V (Uwe-Eric Laufenberg) at the Bregenz Festival and Kedril/Hlas From the House of the Dead at Teatro Massimo in Palermo.
Other UK credits include Chekalinsky The Queen of Spades (Alexander Polianichko) with Welsh National Opera; Don Basilio Le nozze di Figaro and Marquis des Grieux The Gambler (André de Ridder) at Grange Park Opera; Ivan The Nose for The Opera Group and Poole Burning Waters at Buxton Festival.
In concert, Mr. Francis sang the role of Junge Diener Elektra with Opera North (Richard Farnes), Florestan Fidelio with The Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, Finzi’s A Young Man’s Exhortation, Dvořák’s The Gypsy Songs and ROH2’s highly acclaimed Nitro Project in The Crush Room at Royal Opera House.
Taken from his agent’s website: Rayfield Allied