British baritone Jolyon Loy studies at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, supported by The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust, The Perry Foundation, The Elmley Foundation, The South Square Trust & a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award. He is a Masters graduate of the Royal Academy of Music & read French & Italian at Magdalen College, Oxford University where he sang with the chapel choir. He began his singing career as a chorister & choral scholar at Worcester Cathedral.
A graduate of the Verbier Festival's Atelier Lyrique, Jolyon has appeared as Erster Priester/Zweiter geharnischeter Mann in Die Zauberflöte under Stanislav Kochanovsky and Wächter/Geist in Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten under Valery Gergiev. Other roles include Sonora / La Fanciulla del West for Wexford Festival Opera, Ghost of Samuel / Saul under Laurence Cummings at the Dartington International Festival, Schaunard / La Bohème for Clonter Opera, Conte Almaviva/Figaro / Le nozze di Figaro at the Berlin Opera Festival and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Papageno / The Magic Flute, Giove / La Calisto, Thésée / Hippolyte et Aricie, Osman/Huascar / Les Indes Galantes, Marchese d'Obigny / La Traviata, Aeneas / Dido & Aeneas, Marco / Gianni Schicchi, and Owen Hart in the UK staged premiere of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking. In 2019/20 Jolyon will appear as Tarquinius / The Rape of Lucretia at the RCS, Leone / Tamerlano with Cambridge Handel Opera, and Apollo in John Eccles' Semele with the Academy of Ancient Music, to be recorded on AAM records.
On the concert and recital platforms Jolyon has appeared as a soloist at the Verbier Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Wexford Festival Opera, the Dartington International Festival, Snape Maltings, Glasgow's City Halls and numerous other festivals across the UK. Performances have included Valens / Theodora under Christian Curnyn as part of the Britten Pears Young Artist Program, Britten / Rejoice in the Lamb, Finzi / Lo the full final sacrifice, Handel / Dixit Dominus, Bach / St Matthew Passion, Bach / St John Passion, Dvorak / Te Deum, Schubert / Mass in G, Britten / Cantata Misericordium, J.C. Bach / Magnificat, Vaughan Williams / Five Mystical Songs, Rossini / Petite Messe Solennelle, Brahms / Liebeslieder Waltzes, Puccini / Messa di Gloria & Bach / B Minor Mass. In December he appears as the bass soloist in Handel's Messiah with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Adrian Lucas at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.
Jolyon has participated in masterclasses with Bryan Hymel, Thomas Hampson, Thomas Quasthoff, Sarah Connolly, Mark Padmore, Felicity Lott, Barbara Frittoli, Sarah Walker, Gianni Maffeo & Mark Stone. He is the grateful recipient of awards and scholarships from Kate Sokoloff, Il Circolo Italian Cultural Association, The Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund, The Mario Lanza Foundation, The Josephine Baker Trust, The Trevor Osborne Trust, The D'Oyly Carte Trust and The Berlin Opera Academy.