Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown was born and raised in Toronto.  He has studied at the RCM, the University of Western Ontario and the University of Cambridge, England as well as the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh with Sir Thomas Allen and Anthony Rolfe Johnson.  He now lives in London where he studies privately with Nicholas Powell.  

Recent concerts have included Elgar The Kingdom with the Sevenoaks Philharmonic, Rachmaninoff Spring Cantata with the Norwich Philharmonic, Mozart Requiem for the Highgate Choral Society, Messiah in St Alban's, a Christmas Concert with the RPO, Mozart C- Mass for the Cambridge Music Festival and Elijah in Suffolk. Future plans include Yamadori (Madam Butterfly, cover) at the Royal Albert Hall, Dvorak Stabat Mater and Te Deum with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Pärt and Telemann in London with the City of London Sinfonia and concerts in Madrid and Belgium.

He made his debut with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Holland (Naarden) in 2000 as the baritone soloist in a concert of Bach cantatas and thereafter was a regular soloist with performances in Zurich, Brussels and Paris.  Recent concert work has included a tour of St Matthew Passion (arias) across Europe (Spain, Andorra, Germany and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the South Bank) and Bach's Magnificat both conducted by Sir Roger Norrington, Saul in King's College, Cambridge, Nelson Mass in Canterbury Cathedral, Brahms Requiem, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Handel Apollo e Daphne.

He has worked regularly with Philippe Herreweghe, touring South America (Christus in Bach's St John Passion) and has also recorded the baritone solos in Purcell's Ode to St Cecilia for Harmonia Mundi. He featured as a soloist on the Harmonia Mundi recordings of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Blow's Venus and Adonis under the direction of René Jacobs.  He has recorded the baritone solos in the Fauré Requiem with the London Festival Orchestra for BMG and recently recorded the role of the Forester in Sullivan's The Golden Legend for Hyperion.

Operatic roles include Marcello (La Boheme, Royal Albert Hall), Belcore (L'Elisir d'Amore), Count Almaviva, Don Giovanni, Silvio (I Pagliacci), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Shepherd (Venus and Adonis), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas). He recently performed the role of Trojan (Idomeneo) for Sir Simon Rattle with the Berlin Philharmonic in the Salzburg Easter Festival.  He was a member of the Glyndebourne chorus in 2004 and covered the role of Shepherd in Pelléas et Mélisande on the tour.  He recently performed Orfeo (Pastore) at Lille Opera, Le Chatêlet, Paris and Opera du Rhin with Emmanuelle Haim.   

Jonathan Brown

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