Hugh Cutting is currently a member of the RCM International Opera Studio. He is a former choral scholar of St John’s College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Music, and a Vocal Masters graduate of the Royal College of Music where he was a Leverhulme Arts Scholar. In the autumn of 2021 Hugh won the Kathleen Ferrier Award, the first countertenor to do so.
His recent and upcoming concert engagements include the English Concert and Kristian Bezuidenhout (Purcell Odes for a Queen), Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe on tour in Europe (Bach B Minor Mass), Polyphony and Stephen Layton (Bach St John Passion), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Graham Ross (Bach St Matthew Passion), la Nuova Muisca and David Bates (Monteverdi Vespers and Motets), Intruments of Time and Truth and Edward Higginbottom (Handel Messiah), Oxford Bach Soloists (Bach Passions and Cantatas), the RCM Baroque Orchestra and Ashley Solomon (Bach Ascension Oratorio), and A Sephardic Journey in Music at Kettle’s Yard New Music Concert Series, Cambridge. Recent recital work includes that for SoundVoice UK in Snape Maltings, a programme focussing on vocal identity concerning voice loss in terminal health conditions. This programme is to be repeated in King’s Place in May 2022 alongside Lucy Crowe and Roderick Williams.
On the operatic stage, his roles include Arsace/’Partenope’ for Le Jardin des Voix Academy with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie, Bertarido/’Rodelinda’ for the RCM International Opera Studio, Handel’s Tolomeo/‘Tolomeo’, The Boy/‘Written on Skin’, Fox/‘Pinnochio’, Adroncico/‘Tamerlano’ with RCM Opera Scenes, and Ottone/‘L’Incoronazione di Poppea’ and Daemon/Watt’s ‘Kepler’s Trial’ at the V&A Theatre, London. In Summer 2022, Hugh performs Refugee/‘Flight’ with RCM International Opera Studio, and makes his debut with Opernhaus Zürich in 2023. Hugh performs Armindo/‘Partenope’ at the Moscow Handel Festival in 2022.
He has recorded Purcell ‘Royal Odes’ with The King’s Consort and Robert King, alongside Iestyn Davies and Carolyn Sampson, and German Baroque arias with Iestyn Davies and Fretwork for Signum Classics.