Jon Stainsby is a lyric baritone establishing a varied career in opera, oratorio and recital. A graduate of the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he has appeared as a Young Artist with De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, Garsington Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, and the Britten Pears Programme at Aldeburgh. He has been acclaimed in Opera magazine for his 'outstandingly alert responses to text, music and stage partners' and in Opera Now for possessing 'a voice as commanding as his stature.'full biography »
This year saw a series of solo debut performances at major festivals in France, including the Festival de Saintes, Nuits Musicales d'Uzès, and the Festival de La Chaise Dieu. I've just returned from another period in France, this time for the development of a new performance project based on an episode from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago. My colleagues and I very much hope that there will be a number of performances of this exciting project in 2019.
Other recent highlights have included the UK première performances of Anthony Ritchie's oratorio Gallipoli to the Somme with Southbank Sinfonia, as the winner of the 2017 David Gosman award, at the Sheldonian Theatre and the Queen Elizabeth Hall; and performances of a dramatised recital based on the life of Alma Mahler, including a well-received revival at the London Song Festival. The rest of the year looks set to be busy, with concerts in Scotland and at the Palace of Versailles.