Biography
Bass-baritone

English baritone Jolyon Loy is a graduate of the Verbier Festival’s ‘Atelier Lyrique’, a Britten Pears Young Artist and a member of the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, supported by The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust, The Perry Foundation, The Elmley Foundation, The South Square Trust & a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award. He holds a Masters in Vocal Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London and read French & Italian at Magdalen College, Oxford University, where he sang with the chapel choir. He began singing as a chorister at Worcester Cathedral.

Previous appearances include Wächter Die Frau ohne Schatten under Valery Gergiev, 1st Priest & 2nd Armed Man Die Zauberflöte (Verbier Festival), Sonora La Fanciulla del West (Wexford Festival Opera), Lesbo Agrippina (Dartington International Festival/Robert Howarth), Schaunard La Bohème (Clonter Opera), Conte Almaviva/Figaro Le nozze di Figaro (Berlin Opera Festival/RCS), Papageno The Magic Flute (Hampstead Garden Opera), Giove La Calisto, Thésée Hippolyte et Aricie (Woodhouse Opera), Osman & Huascar Les Indes Galantes (Benslow Music) Marchese d’Obigny La Traviata (Opera Lyrica), Aeneas Dido & Aeneas, Marco Gianni Schicchi, and Owen Hart in the UK staged premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (RCS). In 2016, Jolyon sang with the Glyndebourne Chorus.

In concert, Jolyon has appeared as Valens Theodora (Snape Maltings/Christian Curnyn) and as the bass soloist in J.S. Bach’s BWV 78 under Philippe Herreweghe as part of the 2019 Snape Proms. Other performed works include Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Finzi Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice (Aldeburgh Festival), Ghost of Samuel Saul (Dartington International Festival/Laurence Cummings), Handel’s Dixit Dominus (Wexford Festival Opera), Bach St Matthew Passion, Bach St John Passion, Dvorak Te Deum, Schubert Mass in G, Britten Cantata Misericordium, J.C. Bach Magnificat, Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes, Puccini Messa di Gloria & Bach B Minor Mass.

Jolyon has performed in recital and participated in masterclasses at the Verbier Festival, the London Song Festival, the Oxford Lieder Festival and as a Britten Pears Young Artist with Bryan Hymel, Thomas Hampson, Thomas Quasthoff, Sarah Connolly, Mark Padmore, Felicity Lott, Barbara Frittoli, Sarah Walker, Hilary Summers, Gianni Maffeo, Mark Stone & Peter Kooij. He is the grateful recipient of awards and scholarships from The Mario Lanza Foundation, The Josephine Baker Trust, The Trevor Osborne Trust, The D’Oyly Carte Trust, The Dartington Hall Trust, The Cedar Trust, Kate Sokoloff, Il Circolo Italian Cultural Association, The Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund and the Berlin Opera Academy.

Recent performances include Tarquinius/The Rape of Lucretia and Marquis de la Force/Dialogues des Carmelites (RCS), Leone/Tamerlano (Cambridge Handel Opera), and Apollo in Eccles’ Semele (CHOC/Academy of Ancient Music), to be recorded on AAM Records and concerts including Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem and Durufle’s Requiem with Bearsden Philharmonic in Glasgow’s City Halls, and Handel’s Messiah with the CBSO in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.