Ben Durrant

Edmund grew up in London and began singing as a chorister at the London Oratory. He read aerospace engineering alongside a choral scholarship at Bristol University and studied singing with Angela Hickey. He received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham supported by the Josephine Baker trust. He was a 2017/18 National Opera Studio young artist as part of the Glyndebourne New Generation Programme, supported by Peter and Helen Blumer.

2020 sees Edmund sing Julian in the premier of Woolf's Pandora's Box for The Opera Story, Andrei in the premier of Bolton's Litvinenko at Grange Park Opera and he will make his debut with English Touring Opera in the Autumn.

Recent roles have included Demetrius in Britten's a Midsummer Night's Dream at Nevill Holt, Oberon in Waterperry Opera's re-imagining of Purcell's Fairy Queen, and Eddy in Turnage’s Greek at the Arcola Theatre. He spent two years with Glyndebourne singing Lakai in Ariadne auf Naxos in the 2017 Festival, and covering Masetto in Don Giovanni for the 2016 Tour while a member of the Glyndebourne chorus. Work for other companies has included Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, Dandini in La Cenerentola, and Der Zar in Weill's Der Zar Lässt Sich Photographieren.

On the concert platform, engagements have included Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s St John and Matthew Passions, Bairstow’s Five Poems of the Spirit, Finzi’s In Terra Pax, Stanford's Songs of the Fleet and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs.

He currently lives in Suffolk and, when he's not singing, can be found rock climbing or tinkering with his Vespa.

25/01/2020

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