Jolyon Loy

Award: Richard Van Allan Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Baritone

Location: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


Hailing from Worcestershire, British baritone Jolyon Loy joins the National Opera Studio as a Young Artist in 2020/21. Recent highlights include the 2019 Wagner Society Singing Competition at Wigmore Hall where he was awarded 2nd Prize & the Bayreuth Festival Award, Apollo in Eccles’ Semele with the Academy of Ancient Music, recorded on AAM Records, Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia with the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland & Stimme der Wächter in Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten, conducted by Valery Gergiev at the 2019 Verbier Festival. Upcoming appearances include the final rounds of the 39th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Latvia and residencies at Opera North, Scottish Opera & Welsh National Opera with the National Opera Studio. Performances postponed/cancelled due to Covid-19 include the 4th Éva Marton International Singing Competition in Budapest, Zemlinsky’s Lyrische Symphonie at St John’s Smith Square, Leone Tamerlano with Cambridge Handel Opera, Le Directeur (cover) Les mamelles de Tirésias & Marco Gianni Schicchi with British Youth Opera/Southbank Sinfonia & Don Fernando (cover) Fidelio as a 2020 Garsington Opera Alvarez Young Artist.

Opera roles to-date include Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro (Berlin Opera Festival), Sonora La Fanciulla del West (Wexford Festival Opera), 1st Priest/2nd Armed Man Die Zauberflöte (Verbier Festival, cond. Stanislav Kochanovsky), Schaunard La Bohème (Clonter Opera), Lesbo Agrippina (Dartington International Festival), Thésée Hippolyte et Aricie & Giove La Calisto (Woodhouse Opera), Papageno The Magic Flute (Hampstead Garden Opera), Osman & Huascar Les Indes Galantes (Benslow Music), Marquis d’Obigny La Traviata (Opera Lyrica, cond. Matthew Waldren), Bobinot The Storm (Helios Collective/ENO), Aeneas Dido & Aeneas, Figaro Le nozze di Figaro, Marquis de la Force Dialogues des Carmélites & Owen Hart in the UK premiere of Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Opera scenes include Owen Wingrave Owen Wingrave (RCS), Onegin Eugene Onegin, Guglielmo Così fan tutte & Count Robinson Il matrimonio segreto (Royal Academy of Music). Jolyon has sung as chorus at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Wexford Festival Opera & Opera Holland Park.

Jolyon is a graduate of the 2019 Verbier Festival’s Atelier Lyrique, the Britten Pears Young Artist Program, and the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied with Scott Johnson, generously supported by a Help Musicians' Sybil Tutton Opera Award and scholarships from The Helen Mackaness, South Square, Clemence & RCS Trusts, The Elmley Foundation & The Perry Family Foundation. He has performed in recital and participated in masterclasses at the Verbier Festival, the London Song Festival, Dartington Festival, the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Aldeburgh Festival with Bryan Hymel, Thomas Hampson, Thomas Quasthoff, Barbara Frittoli, Sarah Connolly, Karen Cargill, Mark Padmore, Felicity Lott, Sarah Walker & Hilary Summers. His operatic training began as a Masters student at the Royal Academy of Music under Philip Doghan & Robert Dean. Previously he read French & Italian at Magdalen College, Oxford University, where he sang, recorded and toured internationally with Magdalen College Choir. He started his musical life as a chorister & choral scholar at Worcester Cathedral.

It’s my enormous fortune to have been accepted to the National Opera Studio as a Young Artist in 2020/21. The Richard Van Allan Award from Help Musicians will allow me the freedom to take full advantage of the training they offer and is a huge help along the path to becoming a professional opera singer.