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Tim Mead

Counter-tenor

  • Counter-tenor Tim Mead is praised for his “alluring” and “consistently excellent” interpretations (New York Times). With his “rich, mellifluous sound” (Guardian), he is recognised as one of the finest across the generations of counter-tenors.

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  • Highlights of the 2017/18 season include his debut at the Opéra National de Paris as Hamor in Handel Jephtha, a return to English National Opera as Bertarido in Handel Rodelinda, and to the Bayerische Staatsoper as Endimione in Cavalli La Calisto. In concert Mead will sing a Vivaldi programme with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Bach cantatas with the Netherlands Bach Society, Pergolesi Stabat Mater with the Academy of Ancient Music, and Bach St John Passion at the BBC Proms.


    Recent operatic highlights include Oberon in Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Bergen National Opera, the title role in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten and Ottone in Handel Agrippina at Opera Vlaanderen, a reprisal of the role of Boy/Angel in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the Bolshoi; the leading role in Theater Basel’s ‘Melancholia’ both in Basel and at the Holland Festival, and the title role Riccardo Primo at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Arsamene in Cavalli Xerse with Le Concert d’Astrée at Opéra de Lille, Theater an der Wien, and Theatre de Caen. Previous highlights include Goffredo and Eustazio Rinaldo at Glyndebourne, Endimione La Calisto at Bayerische Staatsoper, Voice of Apollo in Deborah Warner’s production of Death in Venice at English National Opera and De Nederlandse Opera, Angel/Boy in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, Gulbenkian, on tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and in the U.S. premiere at Lincoln Center, and Tolomeo Julius Caesar at English National Opera and Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Other operatic highlights include Ottone L’incoronazione di Poppea at ENO, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra de Lille; title role Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne, title role Orlando at Scottish Opera and Chicago Opera Theater, Clearte Niobe and the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur for the Royal Opera House, title role Admeto at International Händel Festspiele Göttingen and the Edinburgh International Festival, Ottone Agrippina in Lille and Dijon, and in concert the title role in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with the Akademie für Alte Musik.


    On the concert platform Mead recently headlined a tour of Asia with Harry Bicket and The English Concert as part of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations. Last season he appeared at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees singing Monteverdi and Pergolesi for Les Grandes Voix, and gave solo recitals at Wigmore Hall accompanied by James Baillieu, and at La Sainte Chapelle with Les Accents and Thibault Noally. Mead has sung Athamas in Handel Semele with the CBSO and the Handel and Haydn Society, Didymus in Handel Theodora with the Akademie fur Alte Musik, the world premiere of Theo Loevendie’s Spinoza at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam; Messiah with the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli Consort, Handel & Haydn Society, Academy of Ancient Music, Le Concert d’Astree, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Accademia Bizantina and Concerto Köln; Bach B Minor Mass with The English Concert and with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie in France, Spain, and at the BBC Proms; Bach Magnificat with Le Concert d’Astree, Bach St Matthew Passion with London Handel Festival and De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Handel Theodora with the English Concert, Handel Solomon with Akademie für Alte Musik, Handel Judas Maccabaeus with the OAE, Handel Joseph and his Brethren at the International Händel Festspiele Göttingen.


    Mead’s substantial discography includes Bach St Matthew Passion and B Minor Mass, the Handel oratorios Messiah, Saul, Solomon, Israel in Egypt, and The Triumph of Time and Truth, the Handel operas Admeto, Flavio, Riccardo Primo and Rinaldo, and Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea. His 2017 recording of Pergolesi Stabat Mater and Bach Cantatas with La Nuova Musica has garnered critical acclaim.


    Mead read Music as a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, before winning a number of scholarships to continue his vocal studies at the Royal College of Music.

    2017-18 season / 674 words. Not to be altered without permission

Performances

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Season highlights

Hamor Jephtha
Opéra National de Paris (house debut)


Bertarido Rodelinda
English National Opera


Endimione La Calisto
Bayerische Staatsoper


Vivaldi and Mozart programmes
Los Angeles Philharmonic


Bach cantatas
Netherlands Bach Society


Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Academy of Ancient Music


Bach St John Passion
BBC Proms

Concert repertoire

Bach, C.P.E.
Magnificat


Bach, J.S.
Cantatas
Christmas Oratorio
Magnificat
Mass in B minor
St. John Passion
St. Matthew Passion


Bernstein
Chichester Psalms


Dusapin
La Melancholia


Handel
Alexander’s Feast
Dixit Dominus
Esther
Israel in Egypt
Messiah
Jeptha
Joseph and his Brethren
Judas Maccabaeus
Samson
Saul
Solomon
Susanna
Theodora


Orff
Carmina Burana


Pergolesi
Stabat Mater


Porpora
Salve Regina


Vivaldi
Gloria
Nisi Dominus
Stabat Mater

Opera repertoire

Benjamin
Angel 1/The Boy Written on Skin


Birtwistle
Innocent 5 The Minotaur


Britten
Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Voice of Apollo Death in Venice


Cavalli
Endimione La Calisto
Paggio & Ombra di Bussiride Ercole Amante
Casken
Ometh Golem


Gluck
Orfeo Orfeo ed Euridice


Handel
Admeto and Trasimede Admeto
Ottone Agrippina
Title role Ezio
Title role Flavio
Cesare & Tolomeo Giulio Cesare
Idelberto Lotario
Title role Orlando
Oronte Riccardo Primo
Rinaldo, Eustazio, Goffredo Rinaldo
Bertarido Rodelinda
David Saul
Athamas Semele
Title role Siroe
Melo Sosarme
Andronico Tamerlano


Monteverdi
Pastore Orfeo
Ottone L’incoronazion di Poppea


Mozart
Farnace Mitridate


Philips, Julian
Jalal Varjak Paw


Steffani
Clearte Niobe


Vivaldi
Licida L’Olimpiade

Mead brought a virile stage presence along with powerful yet supple vocalism that made him sound like the heir apparent to star countertenor David Daniels.

Chicago Tribune

The cast is headed by the extraordinary British countertenor Tim Mead. Tall and handsome, Mead has an amazing technique, and an unusually full sound, with a real core to it. His coloratura was spectacular, his acting convincing, and he brought down the house on Sunday night.

St Louis Post-Dispatch

Here was the sort of counter-tenor one only dreams about: laser-like pitching and tone, yet not uncomfortably acid sounding and capable of huge emotion... Mead rose magnificently to the challenge, with the aria, 'Sweet rose and lilly' perhaps demonstrating his art at its height.

Seen and Heard International

Intermusica represents Tim Mead worldwide

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

Martha Hartman
Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9921
mhartman@intermusica.co.uk

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