Roland Wood BARITONE

Roland Wood was born in Berkshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Patrick McGuigan and Robert Alderson, then at the National Opera Studio. He was the winner of the 1998 Webster Booth Prize and the 1999 Frederick Cox Award, and was also awarded Second Prize in the 2000 Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Awards.

Roland made his debut for Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2000 singing one performance of Nick Shadow (Rake's Progress) conducted by Mark Elder. 

In 2001 he toured with Essential Scottish Opera and sang Marcello in the Scottish Opera-Go Round's production of La Bohème and in 2002 made his début at ENO as The Baron in La Traviata. In 2003 he recorded Silvano/Un Ballo in Maschera for Chandos Records.

Between 2002 and 2004 Roland Wood was a Company Principal at Scottish Opera, roles including Dr Falke/Die Fledermaus and Marullo/Rigoletto. In 2003 and 2004 he sang Papageno/Die Zauberflöte. In 2003 Roland was chosen as the English entrant for BBC Singer of the World in Cardiff, where he was a semi-final winner.

In 2005 he recorded three further CD’s for Opera Rara, and appeared with the London Philharmonic in an associated concert of Donizetti’s Il Diluvio Universale. He returned to ENO, Scottish Opera on Tour singing Peter in Hansel & Gretel and sang Escamillo for Castleward Opera. In concert he appeared with the Hallé; at the Barbican with Classical Opera; operatic concerts with Scottish Opera and at Cadogan Hall in London singing L’enfance du Christ with the English Chamber Orchestra.

2006 highlights included Kissinger/Nixon in China and Ajax II/La Belle Helene at ENO and Tippett’s Child of our Time with the Hallé. In 2007 he sang the title role in Eugene Onegin for ETO. He also appeared again with the London Philharmonic at the RFH and recorded Bellini’s La Straniera for Opera Rara. In the summer he sang The Count for Opera Theatre Company in Ireland and at the opening concert of the Edinburgh International Festival (Candide).

In 2008 he returned to ENO for Alfio/Cavalleria rusticana, sang the title role in Don Giovanni for ETO and Papageno at Opera Holland Park. Highlights of 2009 included Marcello for ENO and Don Fernando/Fidelio for the Nationale Reisopera in the Netherlands. Other appearances were with WNO in their production of Carbon 12 and in a number of concerts for Scottish Opera in the autumn. He returned to the Netherlands in 2010 for Renato/Un ball in maschera and ENO for Zurga/Pearl Fishers and to reprise Marcello.

He returned to the Netherlands last year for Renato/Un ball in maschera and ENO for Zurga/Pearl Fishers and to reprise Marcello.

Last year Roland had further performances of Marcello at ENO, before returning in summer for Paolo/Simon Boccanegra then autumn for The Count/Marriage of Figaro. He sang the role of Robert Storch in a new production of Intermezzo at Scottish Opera and closed the year at the Reisopera with his first Germont Père in La Traviata, going into 2012 when he also sang Enrico in their Lucia di Lammermoor.

Last year for ENO he sang The Speaker/The Magic Flute and enjoyed huge success with the roles of Bunyan and Pilgrim in their outstanding new production of Vaughan Williams’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. 2013 began with Albert/Werther at Scottish Opera before he makes his US début at Santa Fe Opera with Germont. Further ENO performances this year are Don Fernando then Papageno/The Magic Flute.

2014 also sees him appear for the first time at the Canadian Opera Company with Renato and he sings the leading role of Oedipus in ENO’s world premiere of Julian Anderson's The Thebans. He makes his Royal Opera House debut with Rouchier/Andrea Chénier, returning to Covent Garden in 2015 for Ford/Falstaff. In 2016 he sings his first Macbeth for the Opera Theatre of St Louis.