Countertenor Jake Arditti studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Andrew Watts and the Royal College of Music‚ with Russell Smythe where he was supported by a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award‚ a Drapers Company‚ Baroness de Turckheim Scholarship and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Finalist and special prize winner at the 2012 Innsbruck International Baroque Singing Competition‚ critics have described him as Outstanding (Guardian and Independent)‚ a rising star countertenor (Observer)‚ noted for his show-stealing riches of vocal colour and stage presence (Telegraph). His professional career began as a treble‚ singing with English National Opera and Glyndebourne‚ where he performed Yniold Pelléas et Mélisande.
Recent and future plans include Nerone Agrippina (Theater an der Wien and Göttingen International Handel Festival)‚ Amor L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Theater an der Wien)‚ Voice of Apollo Death in Venice (Stuttgart)‚ Oberon The Fairy Queen (Iford Arts‚ under Curnyn)‚ Rinaldo (title role; Vienna Kammeroper and The Bolshoi Theatre‚ Moscow)‚ Hansel Hansel und Gretel Haemon Antigone (Vienna Kammeroper)‚ Prince Gogo Le Grand Macabre (Essen)‚ Narsico Agrippina (Opera Vlaanderen)‚ Euripilo‚ La Discordia & Polluce Elena (Festival d’Aix en Provence; Lille and Lisbon)‚ Othniel Joshua‚ Spirit Dido and Aeneas (ON)‚ Nireno Julius Caesar (ENO)‚ Rinaldo and Serse (title roles) for Longborough Festival‚ Cupid Venus and Adonis and Spirit (Innsbruck)‚ title role Riccardo Primo (London Handel Festival)‚ Nerone‚ Amor and Guido Flavio (ETO) and SUM‚ a new work by Max Richter (ROH2).
Further roles include Apollo Terpsicore / Il Pastor Fido and Unulfo Rodelinda for the London Handel Festival. Theatre work includes The Revenger’s Tragedy and Dido Queen of Carthage (National Theatre) and Laurie Sansom’s critically acclaimed production of The Duchess of Malfi for The Royal and Derngate‚ Northampton.
Concert work includes Respighi’s Il Tramonto (Heidelberg Frühling Festival)‚ Hilda Paredes’ Canciones Lunaticas‚ for countertenor and string quartet (Edinburgh Festival‚ Mexico’s Cervantino Festival‚ Wigmore Hall‚ Heidelberg‚ Vienna‚ Festival Paris and Edenkoben‚ Germany)‚ Soul to Soul with the Pera Ensemble in Heidelberg and Cologne and recitals in Tokyo and Mexico.
Jake will perform the role of Nero for our 2017 production of Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea.