English tenor Jeremy Ovenden is acknowledged as one of the world’s finest interpreters of Mozart who has collaborated on stage and in the recording studio with Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Myung-Whun Chung, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Ton Koopman, Marc Minkowski, Fabio Biondi, René Jacobs and many other leading interpreters.
Current and recent highlights include Benjamin Britten’s WAR REQUIEM with Philippe Herreweghe and the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra; Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn And strings with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra; Mozart’s ZAIDE with the Munich Radio Orchestra and Rinaldo Alessandrini; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Stavanger and Bergen; Mozart’s REQUIEM with Philadelphia Orchestra and Bernard Labadie as well as title role IDOMENEO and Emilio Partenope for Teatro Real Madrid.
Past concert Bach highlights have included Christmas Oratorio with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski; Evangelist in St Matthew Passion with Rotterdam Philharmonic; Evangelist in St John Passion with WDR Sinfonieorchester as well as St Matthew Passion Arias with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Ivor Bolton.
Jeremy has appeared as soloist in Britten’s Serenade and War Requiem with the Strasbourg Philharmonic and Danish National Symphony Orchestra, in Mozart’s REQUIEM at the Edinburgh International Festival and the BBC Proms with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, in Haydn’s THE SEASONS with the LSO and the late Sir Colin Davis, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Andrew Manze, the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh (also for a recording) as well as with Sir Simon Rattle and the Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks. He sang in Handel’s MESSIAH with the Chicago and St Louis Symphony Orchestras and Bernard Labadie, his further concert repertoire including works such as Mendelssohn ELIJAH; Beethoven MISSA SOLEMNIS, Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ, Mendelssohn Die erste Walpurgisnacht. Jeremy has toured with René Jacobs in performances of Handel SAUL, IL TRIONFO DEL TEMPO E DEL DISINGANNO and LA RESURREZIONE.
On the opera stage Jeremy has appeared in the title role of Mozart’s Lucio Silla for La Monnaie in Brussels; as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) at the Edinburgh Festival and as Tito in La Clemenza di Tito for both Théâtre Capitole de Toulouse and Teatro Real Madrid. Other roles have included Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea and title role in L’ORFEO; Bajazet in Handel’s TAMERLANO; Tigrane in RADAMISTO; Grimoaldo in RODELINDA and Jupiter in SEMELE, as well as well as Belfiore in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera. jeremy has been invited to sing the title role of Idomeneo by many leading international theatres including Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real de Madrid, Opéra National de Paris, La Monnaie, Dutch National Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Staatsoper Berlin.
Jeremy’s extensive discography includes Bach ST MARK PASSION and ST JOHN PASSION and CANTATAS; Handel SAUL; Haydn THE SEASONS and THE CREATION; Mozart IL SOGNO DI SCIPIONE; BETULIA LIBERATA; LA FINTA SEMPLICE; L’OCA DEL CAIRO and LO SPOSO DELUSO. His solo album of Mozart arias with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment prompted David Carins of “The Sunday Times” to comment: “Ovenden’s attractive, bright tenor…his rhythm, diction and easy flexibility of voice are exemplary”.
Jeremy Ovenden studied with Norman Bailey and Neil Mackie at The Royal College of Music, London and privately with Nicolai Gedda.