Aaron Godfrey-Mayes

Award: Sybil Tutton Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Tenor

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Website: aarongodfrey-mayes.co.uk

British tenor Aaron Godfrey-Mayes is currently a member of Royal Academy Opera, under the tutelage of singing teacher Mark Wildman and vocal coach Iain Ledingham. Aaron also completed his undergraduate and postgraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music with a first class honours and distinction respectively.

Since beginning full time tuition Aaron has been involved as a choir member in the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series performances with Iain Ledingham, Masaaki Suzuki and Philippe Herreweghe. In September 2015 Aaron became the youngest singer to ever perform a solo in this series. He has also taken part in masterclasses with Dennis O’Neill, Ann Murray, Ian Partridge and John Copley, received the Kenneth Loveland Bursary and was a chorus member in the Royal Academy Opera production of Ariodante, directed by Paul Curran.

More recently, Aaron played the role of Ferrando in Così fan tutte with the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, Wagner/Nereo in Mefistofele with the Chelsea Opera Group and Borsa in Rigoletto with Nevill Holt Opera. During the summer of 2019 Aaron was also an Alvarez young artist with Garsington Opera, where he was a chorus member in Don Giovanni and Monteverdi’s Vespers. Aaron is a regular soloist for concerts and oratorios, works include Rossini’s Petite messe solenelle, Bach’s St John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time.

Aaron has also had notable success winning the Recital Prize in the David Clover Festival of Music Singers’ Platform, the Nineteenth Century Opera Prize in the National Mozart Singing Competition and first place in the Nottinghamshire Masonic Music Association Competition.

Aaron is generously supported by Help Musicians, The Royal Academy of Music and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Help Musicians' generous support has allowed me to continue as a member of Royal Academy Opera. Therefore, I will continue to receive world class training in singing, drama and languages. Also, I will have the opportunity to take part in up to three fully staged operas and opera scenes.