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Baritone Quentin Hayes launched his international career by winning the VARA Dutch Radio Prize at the Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. From 1999 – 2004 he was on contract at the Royal Opera House , Covent Garden where roles included Ned Keene Peter Grimes, Ping Turandot, Herald Lohengrin, Schaunard La Bohème, Marullo Rigoletto, Novice’s Friend Billy Budd, Larry Landau Sophie’s Choice, Angelotti Tosca (in Pavarotti’s last London appearances as Cavaradossi). He made his UK debut as Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Glyndebourne Tour, a role subsequently repeated for Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Garsington and Grange Park Opera. At English National Opera he has sung Ford Falstaff, Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Marcel Proust in Schnittke’s Life with an Idiot and Nachtigall in Meistersingers. He created the lead role of Eddy in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s first opera Greek at the München Biennale and Achilles in René Koering’s Scene de Chasse for Opéra de Montpellier. Lesser known French operas he has performed include Messager’s Fortunio (Grange Park Opera) and Gounod’s Mireille.
As a regular artist at the Wexford Festival, he has performed Manz A Village Romeo and Juliet, Scarpia Tosca, Michele Il Tabarro, Metifio L’Arlesiana, Tom Guglielmo Ratcliffe, Tom Guglielmo Ratcliff and Father Palmer Silent Night.
His concert appearances have been diverse; Japanese premier of Elgar’s Light of Life with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony (Aldeburgh), Messiah (Trondheim Cathedral, Norway), Brahms’ Requiem (Usher Hall Edinburgh), Dvõrák Requiem and Stabat Mater (Valencia, Spain), Elgar’s The Kingdom (Exeter Cathedral ) and The Dream of Gerontius (Winchester and Gloucester Cathedrals), Elijah (Wells and Guildford Cathedrals , Aldeburgh, Utrecht and Den Haag), Verdi Requiem (Lincoln Cathedral) and Kodály Missa Brevis and Bruckner Te Deum (Worcester Cathedral) as well as Opera Galas in Zimbabwe, Ghana and Nicaragua.
He has sung with prestigious orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra working with eminent conductors including Sir Anthony Pappano, Sir Bernard Haitink, Sir Mark Elder, Richard Hickox, Sir Richard Armstrong and Sir Simon Rattle.
Recent engagements include Rigoletto (title role) Luxembourg Festival, Macbeth (title role) Blackheath Halls, Shylock Merchant of Venice and Small Convict House of the Dead for Welsh National Opera.
His recordings include Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are (Deutsche Gramophon), Donald Billy Budd (Chandos with Richard Hickox), Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb (Hyperion with Matthew Best Corydon Singers), Turnage’s Greek (Decca Argo), Wallace’s Maritana (Naxos / Marco Polo) and two recent recordings with Maestro Richard Bonynge – Balfe’s Satanella and Edward Loder’s Raymond and Agnes.
Quentin is also a Vocal Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music where he has recently sung the title role of Gianni Schicchi.
For Oratorio and Concert Repertoire please scroll down:
|Oratorio and concert rep|
|Beethoven||Mass in C minor|
|Choral 9th Symphony|
|Berlioz||L’Enfance du Christ|
|Burgon||The Fall of Lucifer|
|Dvorák||Mass in D|
|Dream of Gerontius|
|Light of Life|
|The Apostles ( Jesus)|
|Finzi||In Terra Pax|
|Gounod||St. Cecilia Mass|
|Handel||Chandos Anthem No.9|
|Dettingen Te Deum|
|Haydn||Creation ( in English)|
|Maria Zeller Mass|
|Missa Sancta Nicolai|
|Howells||Sir Patrick Spens|
|Mendelssohn||Die Erste Walpurgisnacht|
|Von Himmel hoch|
|Mass in Cminor|
|Puccini||Messa di Gloria|
|Rossini||Petite Messe Solonelle|
|Schubert||Masses in A Flat, B Flat, G major and E Flat|
|Stanford||Songs of the Fleet|
|Songs of the Sea|
|Vaughan Williams||A Sea Symphony|
|Dona nobis pacem|
|Fantasia on Christmas Carols|
|Five Mystical Songs|
|Five Tudor Protraits|
|Mass in G|
|Serenade to Music|