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Jacques Imbrailo

Baritone

  • Since his critically acclaimed portrayal of Billy Budd in Michael Grandage’s production for Glyndebourne, South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo has performed at many of the most prestigious opera houses throughout the world, collaborating with conductors, directors and orchestras of the highest calibre.

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  • Highlights this season for Imbrailo include house debuts at the Teatro Real, Madrid performing the title role Billy Budd in a new production by Deborah Warner, Pelleas Pelléas et Mélisande at the Shanghai Grand Theatre, and Zurga The Pearl Fishers for English National Opera. Imbrailo will also make his debut for Den Jysnke Opera and return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera and, in future seasons, returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.


    Recent operatic engagements include Pelléas Pelléas et Mélisande for Zurich Opera House, the Royal Swedish Opera, Welsh National Opera and Essen Opera, Messner in the world premiere of Jimmy López Bel Canto at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and title role Don Giovanni for Perm Opera with Teodor Currentzis and at Cadogan Hall with Classical Opera, Valentin in Gounod’s Faust in Baden-Baden, the title role Don Giovanni for Scottish Opera, Guglielmo Così fan tutte for Houston Grand Opera, Papageno Die Zauberflöte for Welsh National Opera, and Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia in Florence and Houston.


    On the concert platform, recent appearances include Jesus The Apostles at the Edinburgh International Festival and Edward Gardner, Christ The Apostles with the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder at the BBC Proms, Beethoven Symphony No.9 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Britten War Requiem at Teatro Real, Madrid, and Carmina Burana with the New York Philharmonic under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Imbrailo has given solo recitals at Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square and the Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and performed at Verbier Festival, the Royal Albert Hall and Southbank Centre.


    A former member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Imbrailo also studied at the Royal College of Music and in 2007 was awarded the Audience Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Whilst on the Jette Parker Programme, roles included the title role of Owen Wingrave, Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Morales Carmen, and Marullo Rigoletto.

    2016-17 season / 403 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Season highlights

Messner Bel Canto 
Lyric Opera of Chicago


Pelléas Pelléas et Mélisande 
Opernhaus Zürich


Pelléas Pelléas et Mélisande
Royal Swedish Opera  


Title role Don Giovanni 
Cadogan Hall 

Opera repertoire

Bizet
Morales Carmen
Zurga Les Pêcheurs de Perles


Berlioz
Pompeo Benvenuto Cellini


Britten
Title role Billy Budd
Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Title role Owen Wingrave
Ned Keen Peter Grimes
Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia


Debussy
Pelléas Pelléas et Mélisande


Donizetti
Malatesta Don Pasquale


Gounod
Valentin Faust
Mercutio Roméo et Juliette


Jimmy López
Messner Bel Canto


Judith Weir
Simon Miss Fortune


Korngold
Frank-Fritz Die Tote Stadt


Mozart
Guglielmo Così fan tutte
Papageno Die Zauberflöte
Title role Don Giovanni
Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro


Puccini
Schaunard/Marcello La bohème
Lescaut Manon Lescaut


Ravel
Ramiro L'heure espagnole


Purcell
Aeneas Dido & Aeneas


Rossini
Figaro The Barber of Seville


J.Strauss
Dr Falke Die Fledermaus


Tchaikovsky
Title role Eugene Onegin

Concert repertoire 

Bach
Mass in B minor
St. Markus Passion
St Matthew Passion
St John Passion


Beethoven
Symphony No.9


Brahms
Requiem


Britten
Cantata Misericordium
War Requiem


Duruflé
Requiem


Elgar
Christ The Apostles


Fauré
Requiem


Handel
Creation
Messiah
Manoah Samson


Mozart
Requiem


Orff
Carmina Burana


John Rutter
Requiem


Schubert
Mass in A Major
Mass No 2 in G Major


Stravinsky
Mass


Vaughan Williams
Five Mystical Songs
Sea Symphony


Walton
Belshazzar's Feast

Jacques Imbrailo is the finest Billy I have heard – lusty, virile, sensitive and moving.

Financial Times

Imbrailo] pulls off the feat of personifying goodness while maintaining a vivid, three-dimensional reality… almost unbearably moving.

Guardian, five stars

Jacques Imbrailo’s Jesus was so gloriously sung that at his moments in the spotlight - but only his - I almost turned into a believer.

Independent

Intermusica represents Jacques Imbrailo worldwide

Julia Maynard
Director / Head of Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9902
jmaynard@intermusica.co.uk

Eleanor Dee
Associate Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9907
edee@intermusica.co.uk

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Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Special projects

Charles Hazlewood

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Stage director

David Alden

Andreas Homoki

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles