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George Humphreys is one of the most promising young British baritones appearing in numerous opera productions and on concert stages all over the UK.   George Humphreys starts the 2014-15 season with his return to English National Opera for Puccini´s Fanciulla del West, singing the role of Jake Wallace and for La Bohème, singing Schaunard. He takes the stage performing Handel´s Messiah both with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Laurence Cummings and with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Choir. He can be heard in concert singing Handel´s St Matthew Passion with the London Handel Festival, Purcell´s King Arthur with Early Opera Company under Christian Curnyn at Wigmore Hall and Handel´s Semele at the London Handel Festival conducted by Laurence Cummings at Cadogan Hall. George Humphreys takes the stage singing Williams´ The Songs of Travel  with the Collegium Musicum Basel and in recital at Opéra de Lille with pianist Sholto Kynoch. He closes the season singing Morales in Bizet´s Carmen at English National Opera. In future seasons he will appear at

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George Humphreys is one of the most promising young British baritones appearing in numerous opera productions and on concert stages all over the UK.  

George Humphreys starts the 2014-15 season with his return to English National Opera for Puccini´s Fanciulla del West, singing the role of Jake Wallace and for La Bohème, singing Schaunard. He takes the stage performing Handel´s Messiah both with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Laurence Cummings and with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Choir. He can be heard in concert singing Handel´s St Matthew Passion with the London Handel Festival, Purcell´s King Arthur with Early Opera Company under Christian Curnyn at Wigmore Hall and Handel´s Semele at the London Handel Festival conducted by Laurence Cummings at Cadogan Hall. George Humphreys takes the stage singing Williams´ The Songs of Travel  with the Collegium Musicum Basel and in recital at Opéra de Lille with pianist Sholto Kynoch. He closes the season singing Morales in Bizet´s Carmen at English National Opera. In future seasons he will appear at Welsh National Opera. 

Mr Humphreys started the 2013-14 season with his Music Theatre Wales debut singing the Duke in the highly acclaimed production of Sciarrino's The Killing Flower at the Buxton Festival with additional performances in Cardiff, Swansea, Llandudno, and at the Linbury Theatre at Covent Garden. The Killing Flower was rated a Top three Opera event in the UK in the year of 2013. George Humphreys went on an Australian tour with the Choir of London performing Bach's Christmas Oratorio in the end of 2013. He sang the role of Marullo in a new production of Verdi's Rigoletto with the English National Opera. He could be heard in concert singing Handel´s Messiah with the Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir, Szymanowski and Rossini´s Stabat Mater with the Exeter Festival Chorus, the Matthew Passion with the London Handel Festival, Brahms Requiem with the North London Chorus, and Kuhnau and Bach with the Solomon´s Knot Collective.

In 2012-13 he returned to English National Opera singing the role of Curio in Händel’s Julius Caesar conducted by Christian Curnyn. He could  be heard in London as soloist in the Fauré Requiem with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden under Barry Wordsworth in performance by the Royal Ballet. Concert performances last season included Christ in the St Matthew Passion in Bielefeld, Germany, and with the London Handel Festival; the oratorio Joseph and his Brethren with the Händel-Festspiele in Göttingen under Laurence Cummings; as well as Bach’s Cantate Nr. 9 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and numerous other concert engagements.

In the 2011-12 season Mr. Humphreys joined the roster of English National Opera, covering the title role in a new production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. He also sang Belcore in a new production of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore with the Landestheater in Bregenz - a role for which he was nominated for the best male second role at the Austrian Musictheatre awards (Der österreichische Musiktheaterpreis) - and made his debut with the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome as Starveling in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a new production by Paul Curran, conducted by James Conlon.

Acclaimed as a concert singer, his 2011-12 season included return engagements with the Bochum Symphony for J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and John Tavener’s “God is with us” under Harry Curtis, and a return to the London Handel Festival for J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion under Laurence Cummings. He also performed J.S. Bach’s Magnificat with the Northern Sinfonia under Simon Halsey, the Messiah with the London Mozart Players, and the Fauré Requiem with the Liverpool Philharmonic.

George Humphreys is a graduate of the International Opera Studio at the Zurich Opera House, where he sang in studio, as well as main stage productions, including Fafner in The Ring for Children, Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly and Leuthold  in Guillaume Tell. In the 2010-11 season he made his debut as Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas with Opera Dijon, directed by Lilo Baur and conducted by Jonathan Cohen. His operatic work has also included the roles of Collatinus  in Rape of Lucretia and Balstrode  in Peter Grimes in Cambridge; Colline  in La Boheme with Wedmore Opera; Papageno  in The Magic Flute with the Palestine Mozart Festival; Masetto (Don Giovanni) and Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring) for British Youth Opera; Giove  in La Calisto, Melibeo  in La Fedelta Premiata and the title role in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro directed by John Copley and conducted by Sir Colin Davis for Royal Academy Opera.

Other concert highlights include performances of The Messiah with the Bochum Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and The Hanover Band, Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Singapore, Bach's Christmas Magnificat and Cantata 36 with the English Concert in Valencia, Handel’s Joshua at the London Handel Festival, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Trevor Pinnock, and Handel's L'Allegro under William Christie at the Spitalfields Festival and more recently at the Göttingen Handel Festival, as well as Herod in Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ under Sir Colin Davis.

Mr. Humphreys has also performed a wide repertoire of contemporary music, including Peter Maxwell Davies’ 8 Songs for a Mad King, and Schoenberg’s Serenade under Diego Masson in the South Bank Festival. He is an avid recital performer with recent appearances in the Oxford Lieder Festival, with Opernhaus Zürich, and at the Wigmore Hall.

George Humphreys was born in Oxford, and studied at Wellington College and at the St. John´s College, Cambridge, where he read music. He then attended the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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"The dominant performance comes, as it should, from George Humphreys's Duke, wonderfully convincing as the handsome sensualist whose passions gradually coalesce into obsession. He's in superb command of Sciarrino's elusive style, too. "

The Guardian by Tim Ashley (The Killing Flower, Music Theatre Wales)

"(...) George Humphreys is gripping as the blind minstrel with the mesmerising voice."

Timeout by Jonathan Lennie (The Girl of the Golden West, ENO)

"Humphreys's elegant baritone was most expressive in his aria Wenn Wir die Sünd."

The Guardian (Bach's Cantata No. 9, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment)

"Einen eindrucksvollen Auftritt liefert George Humphreys als Belcore."

Neue Vorarlberger Tageszeitung (L'elisir d'amore, Landestheater Bregenz)

"Belcore, der charmante Sergeant, der Adina den Hof macht, und der Quacksalber Dulcamara übertreffen sich in ihrer Bühnenpraesenz. George Humphreys genießt den Flirt mit Adina, hält seinen Rosenstrauß wie ein Pfauenrad und spielt seine Rolle lustvoll aus. "

Schwäbische Zeitung (L'elisir d'amore, Landestheater Bregenz)

"George Humphreys ist als Belcore ein stimmlich herrlich eitler Geck. "

Vorarlberger Nachrichten (L'elisir d'amore, Landestheater Bregenz)