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.'

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Last 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 was also in France for the development of a new performance project based on an episode from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago. A further residency is planned for the autumn at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris, and my colleagues and I anticipate that there will be a number of performances of this exciting project in 2020.

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.