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Jonathan Summers

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Voice: Baritone
Nationality: Australian
Year of Birth: 1946

About Jonathan Summers:

Jonathan Summers (born 2 October 1946) is an Australian operatic baritone. He sang the role of Captain Balstrode in the 1980 recording of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes which won a Grammy award for Best Opera recording.

Summers was born in Melbourne and in that city studied art at Prahran Technical College (1964-9) and singing with Bettine McCaughan (1964–74). From 1970-1974, he worked as a technical operator and recording engineer with the Radio Division of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. In 1973 he won the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition. In 1974, he moved to London, where he studied with Otakar Kraus until 1980.

Jonathan Summers's professional debut in opera took place in 1975, when he sang the title-role in Rigoletto with Kent Opera. He was a member of The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, from 1976 to 1986, singing such roles as Albert in Werther, the Animal Tamer in the British premiere of the three-act version of Lulu, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Ford in Falstaff, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Marcello in La bohème. He has also appeared with English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North and Welsh National Opera.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1A te o cara Popularity:

Opera: Puritani, IComposer: BelliniAct: 1.12

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Arturo
2Te deum Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.20

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia
3Maddalena di Coigny Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 2.11

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S T TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo/Maddalena/Andrea/Incredible
4Chi mi frena in tal momento Popularity:

Opera: Lucia di LammermoorComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.11-1

Type: sextetVoice: S Mz T Br B TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lucia/Alisa/Edgardo/Enrico/Raimondo/Arturo
5Dio di Giuda! Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.02

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco
6Alfredo Alfredo di questo core Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.21

Type: quartetVoice: T Br S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfredo/Giorgio/Violetta/Barone
7Donna chi sei? Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02-1

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco/Abigaille
8Carlo Gérard Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 3.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B/Br BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maddalena/Mathieu/Carlo
9Plebe Patrizi Popolo! Popularity:

Opera: Simon BoccanegraComposer: VerdiAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Simon
10Now the Great Bear and Pleiades Popularity:

Opera: Peter GrimesComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
11Prima che d'altri vivere Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.17

Type: quartetVoice: S T Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leonora/Manrico/Count/Azucena
12Alfredo voi Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.17

Type: ensembleVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
13Che faranno i vecchi miei Popularity:

Opera: Fanciulla del WestComposer: PucciniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Jake Wallace
14Ne gustare m'e dato Popularity:

Opera: Forza del destino, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.12-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alvaro/Carlo
15Chi s'avanza? Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: High priest/Abigaille
16Deh! perdona deh! perdona Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nabucco/Abigaille
17Finisci il vaticinio Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.21

Type: septet,choir,finaleVoice: T Br S cA B B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Riccardo/Renato/Oscar/Ulrica/Silvano/Samuel/Tom
18Un tal baccano in chiesa Popularity:

Opera: ToscaComposer: PucciniAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Scarpia
19Qui donc elève ici la voix? Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: High Priest
20Non lo sapete insomma Popularity:

Opera: Madame ButterflyComposer: PucciniAct: 2.04

Type: Voice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cio-Cio/Sharpless
21Compiacente a colloqui del cicisbeo Popularity:

Opera: Andrea ChenierComposer: GiordanoAct: 1.01-2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Carlo
22Rolando m'ascolta Popularity:

Opera: Battaglia di Legnano, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.08-1

Type: Voice: Br BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rolando/Marcovaldo
23Gloire à Dagon Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 3.03-3

Type: duetVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: High Priest/Dalila
24Werther is back Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: Albert/Charlotte
25Seigneur! La troupe furieuse Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1.04-1

Type: sceneVoice: T T BLanguage: French

Roles: Philistine Messenger/First Philistine/Second Philistine
26Tu ne chanteras plus? Popularity:

Opera: Contes d'Hoffmann, LesComposer: OffenbachAct: 4.05

Type: trioVoice: S SLanguage: French

Roles: Antonia/Mother
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