Biography

Oliver White graduated in music from Durham University and won a scholarship to study at the RCM. He studied with Ryland Davies and is a visiting vocal tutor at Chetham’s School of Music, and a visiting Musical Director and coach at Arts Educational, London. He was Director of Music at St Augustine of Canterbury, Kensington for 12 years.

His operatic career has included his critically acclaimed West End debut with the D’Oyly Carte at The Savoy Theatre as Fairfax (The Yeomen of the Guard), and principal tenor with Carl Rosa (touring the US, Canada and UK), Opera Holland Park, Raymond Gubbay, Armonico Consort, G&S Opera Company, Opera Della Luna and British Youth Opera. His roles include the title role in Offenbach’s Robinson Crusoe, Basilio and Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), Monostatos (Die Zauberflote), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Pluto and Mercury (Orpheus in the Underworld), Bobinet (La Vie Parisienne) and tenor lead in 12 of the Savoy Operas.

His varied concerts include solo appearances with Yan Pascal Tortelier, Richard Hickox, John Wilson and David Hill in Jerusalem, Singapore, Lillehammer, Dublin (The Helix, National Concert Hall and St Patrick’s) and regularly at all the major UK concert halls; Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with Cleo Laine; soloist with the Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and performances at the BBC Proms, the St Endellion, Bath International, Woburn, Chester, Iford and International G&S Festivals in Buxton and Harrogate. He has broadcast for In Tune on BBC Radio 3, Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2, Classic FM and ITV, and recorded for Chandos. He has also appeared in the Sky Arts series of A Motley Pair, which was also released on DVD.

Recent and forthcoming engagements include the Bach Evangelists, Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Britten’s St Nicolas, Rossini’s Petite messe solemnelle, Finzi’s For St Cecilia, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Verdi Requiem, the Raymond Gubbay Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore and a UK tour of Iolanthe for 2014.

Oliver White