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British tenor, Hugo Hymas, was born and grew up in Cambridge. He first trained as a boy chorister in Great St Mary’s Church Choir, but studied the Clarinet through school. Before university he joined the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and then in 2014 he graduated with an honours degree in Music from the University of Durham.


Hugo has performed on the concert platform as a soloist in several of Europe’s great concert halls: Philharmonie (Paris), Concertgebouw, KKL Luzern, Philharmonie (Berlin), Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall. He is increasing demand on the international stage and is building a reputation as an Evangelist for Bach’s Passions. He has performed Bach’s Matthäus-Passion on tour with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) and Handel’s Acis and Galatea in Israel with Les Arts Florissants (William Christie). He has also sung Arias and Evangelist in the Johannes-Passion recently in Nidarosdomen (Trondheim Barokk) and Croatia (Croatian Baroque Ensemble), and Arias for h-Moll Messe in Herkulesaal, München (Münchener Motettenchor - Benedikt Haag). He frequently works with the Scottish based baroque group Dunedin Consort (John Butt) and this June sang the Evangelist role in Matthäus-Passion in the Boston Early Music Festival. He also recently toured Purcell’s King Arthur in Australia with Gabrieli Consort (Paul McCreesh), and earlier this year sang Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with Knabenchor Collegium Iuvenum Stuttgart (Michael Čulo).


Other regular concert repertoire includes Monteverdi Vespers 1610, Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem and Missa Solemnis, and Britten Saint Nicholas. For the 2019-2021 seasons Hugo was chosen as a “rising star” for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and is excited to perform more regularly with the group.


On the opera stage Hugo has played the lead roles in Monteverdi’s Il Combatimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas), Handel’s Semele (Jupiter), Acis and Galatea (Acis and Damon) and Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Tamino), The Marriage of Figaro (Basilio). In 2017 he toured Monteverdi’s three operas - Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, L’incoronazione di Poppea and L’Orfeo – with English Baroque Soloists, which culminated with performances in the Lincoln Centre, New York. He recently performed the role of Septimius in Handel’s Theodora with Potsdamer Winteroper, and earlier this year the role of Jupiter in Semele with English Baroque Soloists which was toured across Europe.


2019/2020 season (Representation: General management)

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