Ipswich (Suffolk) – United Kingdom
British tenor, Richard Edgar-Wilson enjoys an international reputation as an opera and concert soloist. He has collaborated with leading conductors including Mark Minkowski, Sir Roger Norrington, Trevor Pinnock, Jeffrey Tate, Philippe Herreweghe, Thierry Fischer, Sir Neville Marriner and Sir Charles Mackerras.
It is his performances of the tenor solo work in the Bach passions, and as an interpreter of the music of Britten, for which he is particularly regarded.
He has appeared as The Evangelist in the ST. JOHN PASSION with KINGS COLLEGE CHOIR and the ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC at KINGS COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE and with THE ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT at WESTMINSTER ABBEY. In the ST. MATTHEW PASSION he has appeared with the SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, under Sir Charles Mackerras, with the ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA at ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, London and BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL with Sir David Willcocks and soloists which included Dame Felicity Lott, with the CITY OF LONDON SINFONIA at BARBICAN HALL and with the SANDEFJORD CHAMBER ORCHESTRA in Norway, the AALBORG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in Denmark and the ORQUESTRA SINFONICA DE EUSKADI in Spain.
His other performances of Bach include the B MINOR MASS at the SALLE PLEYEL in Paris with LE CONCERT SPIRITUEL under Hervé Niquet with other soloists including counter-tenor, Philippe Jaroussky, the MAGNIFICAT with the ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS with Sir Neville Marriner, cantatas with THE HANOVER BAND and soloists including Gundula Janowitz and the CHRISTMAS ORATORIO with the COPENHAGEN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.
In the works of Britten, Edgar-Wilson has performed the SERENADE FOR TENOR, HORN & STRINGS in the USA and at the MEGARON, in Athens. He has been tenor soloist in the WAR REQUIEM with the ULSTER ORCHESTRA and the ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA CHORUS in performances in Belfast conducted by Takuo Yuasa and in Milan, with the ORCHESTRA SINFONICA DI MILANO GIUSEPPE VERDI and the LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHORUS.
His performances in Handel’s MESSIAH include tours of Poland and France with LE PARLEMENT DE MUSIQUE, with the ULSTER ORCHESTRA under Nicholas Kraemer, with the CITY OF LONDON SINFONIA at BARBICAN HALL under Steuart Bedford, with the MALMO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA under Thierry Fischer, at WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL, with the ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT, with the SALZBURG BACH CHOIR & ORCHESTRA and with the MULHEIMER KANTOREI KÖLN and DAS NEUE ORCHESTER, conducted by Christoph Spering, in Cologne.
His performances in other works by Handel have included Damon in ACIS & GALATEA with the ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA conducted by Raymond Leppard and narrated by Dame Janet Baker and with the NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ORCHESTRA under Trevor Pinnock in Ottowa and ALCESTE with the ENGLISH BACH FESTIVAL at the WHITEHALL BANQUETTING HOUSE in London conducted by Nicholas Cleobury and where he has also appeared in the title role of Monteverdi’s L’ORFEO.
His other oratorio performances include Haydn’s The Creation with the ALDEBURGH PROMETHEUS ORCHESTRA, also with the CAPE TOWN PHILHARMONIC and also in MONACO CATHEDRAL, Mendelssohn’s LOBGESANG with the HUDDERSFIELD CHORAL SOCIETY and also with the PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA and the BACH CHOIR under Sir David Willcox at BARBICAN HALL, Monteverdi’s IL COMBATTIMENTO DI TANCREDI E CLORINDA with THE ENGLISH CONCERT and Trevor Pinnock at WIGMORE HALL, the Mozart REQUIEM at ROYAL ALBERT HALL with the LONDON FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA and the MASS IN C MINOR with the ISRAEL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, Tippet’s A CHILD OF OUR TIME at KINGS COLLEGE CHAPEL, Cambridge and THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS both at SNAPE MALTINGS and with the LIVERPOOL SINFONIA.
On the operatic stage, Edgar-Wilson’s performances have included Tamino in THE MAGIC FLUTE for CANTERBURY OPERA in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1996, the Electrician in POWDER HER FACE with the BERLINER KAMMER OPER in seasons in Berlin, Amsterdam and Copenhagen, Don Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI under Jean Bernard Pommier in Portugal, the Glassmaker and Aschenbach in Britten’s DEATH IN VENICE at ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA in 2007, also at the OPERA DE LA MONNAIE in Brussels in 2009 and again at LA SCALA in 2011 under Edward Gardner, the Father in the world-premiere production of Stephen McNeff’s GENTLE GIANT for the ROYAL OPERA/ROH2, the role of the High Priest Of Poseidon in IDOMENEO at ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA in 2010 and roles in Monteverdi’s IL RITORNO D’ULISSE IN PATRIA at DEN NORSKE OPERA in Oslo under the baton of Alessandro de Marchi.
Recent operatic appearances, during the 2013/2014 European season included the role of The Glass Maker in Britten’s DEATH IN VENICE at LA SCALA with conductor, John Eliot Gardiner and at the OPERA DE LA MONNAIE in Brussels with Paul Daniel.
Edgar-Wilson’s recital appearances include performances at WIGMORE HALL with THE SONGMAKERS’ ALMANAC and of Schubert lieder with Malcolm Martineau, the gala opening of GRANGE PARK OPERA HOUSE, Schubert’s SCHWANGENGESANG at the PURCELL ROOM and live broadcasts for the BBC with Roger Vignoles
His performances in the lead tenor role of Ishmael in Bernard Herrmann’s MOBY DICK with conductor Michael Schänwandt and baritone, David Wilson-Johnson with the DANISH RADIO ORCHESTRA & CHOIR has been released on CD by CHANDOS. His many other CD releases include a number of volumes of various works by William Boyce with the CHOIR OF NEW COLLEGE, Oxford and THE HANOVER BAND conducted by Graham Lea-Cox on the ASV label and a solo CD of Britten’s WINTER WORDS with pianist, Eugene Asti.
The 2015/2016 season included Odoardo in ARIODANTE for SCOTTISH OPERA, Acis in ACIS & GALATEA with conductor, Peter Holman and THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS, the Bach MAGNIFICAT with LES SIECLES and Francois Xavier Roth in Strasbourg and at the ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL and recitals with David Owen Norris at the ENGLISH MUSIC FESTIVAL.
Recent engagements, during 2018 and 2019, included Bach cantatas, again with Peter Holman conducting THE PARLEY OF INSTRUMENTS, a return to SNAPE MALTINGS for THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS and the world-premiere recording of Pepusch’s VENUS & ADONIS with THE HARMONIOUS SOCIETY OF TICKLE-FIDDLE GENTLEMEN and performances of Britten’s ST. NICOLAS at ST. JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE, and also with the PHOENIX SINGERS and THE KINGFISHER SINFONIETTA.
He has also recently released a solo recital CD of the music of Howard Blake, accompanied by the composer.
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