Alastair Miles

Alastair Miles is internationally recognised as one of the world’s leading basses. Born in Harrow, he originally studied flute at the Guildhall School of Music before embarking on his highly successful vocal career. Having won the Decca Kathleen Ferrier Award at the age of 25, he has subsequently been in worldwide demand for principal bass roles over the last two decades.

Mr. Miles has a stylistically wide repertoire, equally at home with Baroque music as he is with the full-blooded romanticism of Verdi. Highlights in his career have included Sparafucile Rigoletto, Giorgio I Puritani and Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia for San Francisco Opera, Cardinal Brogni La Juive, Prefetto in Linda di Chamounix, Zaccaria in Nabucco and Philippe II in Don Carlos for the Wiener Staatsoper, Lord Sydney in Il Viaggio a Rheims at La Scala, Milan, title role Handel Saul and Zoroastro in Orlando for the Bayerische Staatsoper, title role Le Nozze di Figaro and La Juive for Netherlands Opera. In the UK Alastair Miles appears regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where his roles have included Colline La bohème, Rodolfo in La Sonnambula, Elmiro in Rossini’s Otello, Banquo in Macbeth and Dom Juam de Sylva in Donizetti’s Dom Sebastien. Further UK appearances have included title role in Boito’s Mefistofele and Silva in Ernani for English National Opera, Mephistopheles in Faust and Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra for Welsh National Opera, Philip II in Don Carlo for Opera North and Speaker in Die Zauberflöte for Glyndebourne. Recent engagements include Narbal in Les Troyens for Netherlands Opera, Creonte in Mayr’s Medea in Corinto for Bayerische Staatsoper, Elijah at the Royal Festival Hall with Masur and the London Philarmonic Orchestra, Beethoven 9th Symphony with Wiener Symphoniker, Nabucco for Wiener Staatsoper, Commendatore in Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne Festival, Poliferno in Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail on tour with the OAE (Labadie), Duke Alfonso Lucrezia Borgia for English National Opera and Pogner Die Meistersinger for Glyndebourne Festival.

Alastair Miles is also a highly sought after concert artist and has appeared with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including Giulini, Muti, Harnoncourt, Chung, Rattle, Runnicles, Masur, Gergiev, Gardiner, Norrington, Davis and Dohnanyi.

Recent projects have included La Damnation de Faust, Dream of Gerontius and Messiah with Sir Colin Davis and London Symphony Orchestra, Schumann Faustszenen with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Beethoven 9th Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Daniel Harding at the Lucerne Festival.

In addition to his on-going relationship with Opera Rara recording neglected 19th and 20th century Italian and French opera, Alastair’s Miles discography currently stands at over seventy recordings including a solo recital disc of Great Operatic Arias for Chandos.

Recent plans Claudio in Agrippina for Opéra de Dijon and Opéra de Lille with Emmanuelle Haim; Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer for Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liege; St. Matthew Passion with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Philip II in Don Carlo for the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Bretran Robert le Diable and Zurga Les Pêcheurs de Perles for the Salerno Festival; Medée at the Staatsoper in Munich; Timur in Turandot at the Staatsoper in Munich and in Leeds; Mozart’s Requiem in Dresden with Christian Thielemann; Le Comte de Grieux in Manon at Covent Garden; Leporello in Don Giovanni at the Vlaamse Oper; Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor at theThe Metropolitan Opera; Arkel in Pelléas et Melisande at the Bayerische Staatsoper and at the Scottish Opera in Glasgow; Pogner in The meistersinger von Nuerberg  for the Netherlands Opera and at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Billy Budd in Leeds; Il Grande Inquisitore in Don Carlo at the Grange Opera Park and return concert engagements at the Teatro Real, Madrid, Swedish Radio, Vienna, Tokyo, London, Bamberg, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, the BBC, Royal Liverpool and the Deutsche Radio Saarbrucken Philharmonics.

August 2018