Liam Bonthrone

  • Così fan tutte – Ferrando

Scottish tenor, Liam Bonthrone, graduated with distinction and a Concert Recital Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied with Robert Dean and Adrian Thompson. He also studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he was a student of Scott Johnson and won the Hugh S. Roberton Prize for Scottish Singing, the Leonie Kayser Prize and the Elgar/Spedding Lieder Duo Prize.  He currently studies with Nuccia Focile, Marcus van den Akker and Jonathan Papp. Liam is a Samling Artist and was a finalist at the 2020 Kathleen Ferrier Awards.

Recent highlights include his return to Garsington Opera as an Alvarez Young Artist to perform Coryphée and cover the title role in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory. Future appearances include his role debut as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia for Nevill Holt Opera, his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra singing Mozart’s Requiem, and Tanzmeister (Ariadne auf Naxos) for Royal Academy Opera.

He made his international debut as Bruno (I Puritani) with the Rotterdam Operakoor at De Doelen and was awarded the Dame Hilda Bracket Prize and the Basil A. Turner Opera Award for his performance as Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) with British Youth Opera. At the Royal Academy of Music he performed Gonzalve (L’heure Espagnole), Ferrando (Così fan tutte) under the baton of Laurence Cummings, and Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) with Sian Edwards.

Concert performances include Handel’s  Messiah  and  Samson,  Mendelssohn’s  Elijah, Mozart’s  Requiem and Mass in C minor,  Bach’s  Christmas Oratorio, and  St John Passion,  Britten’s Saint Nicolas, Haydn’s The Creation, Finzi’s For St. Cecilia  and MacMillan’s All the Hills and Vales Along. He also performed various roles in the ensemble for Bernstein’s Candide, with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop.

As a recitalist, Liam Bonthrone has performed alongside the Prince Consort at the Wigmore Hall, in Graham Johnson’s Song Guild at Milton Court, and as an Oxford Lieder Festival Young Artist. He was a featured soloist for the BBC’s ‘Total Immersion’, and frequently collaborates with pianist Alasdair Hogarth for Classic FM. He recently performed in a Russian Song recital as part of the UK/Russia Year of Culture in the Rimsky-Korsakov Museum, St Petersburg.

Liam Bonthrone is generously supported by the Drake Calleja Trust, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and a Bicentenary Award from the Royal Academy of Music.