Theodore Platt

Award: Sybil Tutton Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Voice

Location: Royal College of Music


British-Russian baritone Theodore Platt is the winner of the 2018 Lies Askonas Competition. He is the Fenella and Harry Hope Memorial Scholar at the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where

he currently studies under Russell Smythe and Caroline Dowdle. Theodore receives additional support from the Gillian Ashby Opera Scholarship, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The Sybil Tutton Opera Awards and the Josephine Baker Trust. 

Forthcoming engaments include Marullo (Rigoletto) under Stanislav Kochanovsky for the Verbier Festival where he is an Academy young artist for the 2018 season, and roles for RCMIOS as Ben Pascoe in Huw Watkins’ In The Locked Room and Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) under the direction of Sir Thomas Allen. 

Theodore read Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 2016. His on-stage operatic experience includes roles as Malatesta (Don Pasqale), Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), and the title role in Eugene Onegin. 

In March 2018 he made his RCMIOS debut in the role of Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and in November 2017, Theodore created the role of Johannes Kepler in the world premiere of Kepler’s Trial, a contemporary opera composed by Tim Watts, which was staged as part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s recent exhibition, ‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics.’ 

Aside from opera, Theodore has a keen interest in song and particularly enjoys performing the Russian romances, having given several recitals of works by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Glinka. He has been invited to perform a selection of romances at the Rachmaninov Song Festival (Pushkin House) later this year.

He has appeared as a soloist with many choral societies across the UK in repertoire including Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor, Fauré’s Requiem, Bach’s St Matthew Passion and St John Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Handel’s Messiah. He has participated in numerous masterclasses, most notably with Dame Gwyneth Jones, and those with Iestyn Davies and James Gilchrist, as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival.