Jonathan Gunthorpe

Samling Artist Programme: 2001

After reading English and Russian at Leeds University, Jonathan gained an MA in music at Birmingham Conservatoire. He then attended the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. 

Roles include English Clerk Death in Venice for La Scala, La Monnaie, the Concertgebouw and ENO, Nachtigall Die Meistersinger, Angelotti Tosca, Giant Gentle Giant and Colonel Bandstand The Doctor’s Tale for the Royal Opera House, Louis/Alex Sunday in the Park with George and Steward Into the Woods for Théâtre du Châtelet,  Dancaire Carmen for WNO, Quain Thwaite and Elephant The Cricket Recovers for Almeida/Aldeburgh. He has performed across Europe in a wide range of repertoire including Papageno Magic Flute, Arsenio La Spinalba, The Soul Grabmusik, Alcandro L’Olimpiade, Mr Noah Noye’s Fludde and Faber The Knot Garden. He made his debut in the United States as Horned Thing in Where the Wild Things Are at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. He has also appeared at the National Theatre in Brecht’s Mother Courage with Fiona Shaw and written a translation for Tchaikovsky’s Onegin.  

Recordings include Lalande Music for the Sun King, Bach Cantata 61 with The Bach Players, Neukomm Missa Solemnis and Brahms German Folksongs with Malcolm Martineau. 

In concert, Jonathan has performed repertoire ranging from French baroque and Bach to Britten and many new commissions at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican and Queen Elizabeth Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, NCH Dublin, Parco della Roma and La Chaise Dieu.

He has been a guest speaker on the Jerwood Opera Writing Course at Aldeburgh and a leader for Samling Academy.

His latest recording with the Bach Players, “Wachet Auf!”, is due for release next year.