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24 July

OV joins National Opera Studio

OV Jolyon LoySuper news for OV & professional baritone, Jolyon Loy (Br 02-08), who is joining the National Opera Studio in London as a Young Artist in 2020/21.

This fantastic programme offers one of the world’s most formative experiences for young opera singers providing the artists with nine months training in the skills needed to be an opera singer working to the highest level.

Earlier this year, before lockdown, Jolyon performed the part of Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia with the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for which he received some fantastic reviews:

“Tarquinius was well sung by Jolyon Loy. Loy recently won 2nd Prize in the Wagner Society’s singing competition at Wigmore Hall, and his suave lyric baritone suggests a natural Don Giovanni, Almaviva or Onegin”
Hugh Canning, The Times (The Rape of Lucretia, RCS, 2020)

“[…] the handsome, soft-edged Jolyon Loy turned Tarquinius into a tragic, almost sympathetic character”
Andrew Clark, Opera Magazine (The Rape of Lucretia, RCS, 2020)

Other recent highlights include the 2019 Wagner Society Singing Competition at Wigmore Hall and the Bayreuth Festival Award, Apollo in Eccles’ Semele with the Academy of Ancient Music, for which he received the following review:

“As Apollo announcing the birth of Bacchus, the baritone Jolyon Loy was a suave, commanding and suitably joyful presence”
Sandra Bowdler, Opera Magazine (Semele, Academy of Ancient Music, 2019)

Jolyon has fond memories of his time at King’s School, saying, “I have lots of good memories of concerts and tours with my musical classmates. I was very involved in all musical activities at King’s: the School choir, the Chamber choir, Keys Choir, 1st and 2nd orchestras and Chamber orchestra, as well as music tours and competitions. Mr Brookshaw (Hon OV) was our Director of Music and he did a great job of getting the best out of us. King’s developed my own musical talent and knowledge and gave me the grounding to be able to go forward and choose music as a career.”

You can listen to Jolyon’s thoughts on his time at King’s HERE