Biography

Headshot image showing Hugo Herman-Wilson

British baritone Hugo Herman-Wilson read Theology at King’s College, Cambridge before studying at the Royal College of Music. He won the Audience Prize in the 2017 Somerset Song Prize, received the Maidment Award from Help Musicians UK in 2016 and 2018 and was a Britten-Pears Young Artist for 2017, 2018 and 2019. He is a member of the 11th edition of Le Jardin des Voix, the young artist programme of William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants.

Recent highlights include Monsieur Presto (Les Mamelles de Tirésias, cover)and The Notary (Don Pasquale, cover) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Micha (The Bartered Bride, cover) for Garsington Opera, Dottore Grenvil (La Traviata) and Masetto (Don Giovanni, cover) for Nevill Holt Opera, Marcello and Scarpia (La Bohéme, Tosca) staged in contemporary one-hour adaptations with Opera Undone at Trafalgar Studios, the role of Mr Jedermann (Scoring a Century, written by David Blake and Keith Warner) for British Youth Opera, and a recital of songs and duets by Purcell and Lawes with soprano Charlotte Bowden for the Aldeburgh Festival. As part of the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio, Hugo performed the roles of Blazes/Second Officer (The Lighthouse), Peter Quince (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Polifemo (Acis and Galatea).

Hugo has a growing reputation in contemporary music, recently performing Birtwistle’s Three Songs from the Holy Forest and Theo Chandler’s The Divining Lair at Snape Maltings with conductor Jessica Cottis. He has also collaborated on and premiered in a number of other projects, including, SmorgasChord, a festival in which he performed songs by Widmann, Berg, and Sebastian Black; Last Thursday an opera by Gareth Mattey and Lewis Coenen-Rowe as part of the Collisions Festival 2018; threads, a chamber opera combining music by Stephane Crayton, dance, theatre and Monteverdi; Free // Falling, an electroacoustic piece for solo voice by Matthew Lomax; and We the People, a satirical piece for voice and piano by Stella Fiorenzoli with libretto by Donald Trump. Hugo is grateful for the support of the Aldama scholarship, the Josephine Baker Trust and the Help Musicians UK Maidment Award.

Recent solo highlights include:

Operas

Scarpia/Marcello

La Boheme/Tosca double-bill

(Opera Undone at Trafalgar Studios)

Mr Jedermann

Scoring a Century

(British Youth Opera)

Micha

The Bartered Bride

(Cover, Garsington Opera)

Second Officer/Blazes

The Lighthouse

(RCM International Opera School)

Leporello

Don Giovanni

(Cover, British Youth Opera)

Polifemo

Acis and Galatea

(RCM/Lawrence Zazzo)

Il Commendatore

Don Giovanni

(Cambridge University Opera Society)

Peter Quince

A Midsummer Night's Dream

(RCMIOS)

Demetrius

A Midsummer Night's Dream

(RCMIOS Scenes)

Sir Joseph Porter

HMS Pinafore

(RCMIOS Scenes)

Sid

Albert Herring

(RCMIOS Scenes)

Count Almaviva

Le Nozze di Figaro

(RCMIOS Scenes)

Guglielmo

Cosi fan tutte

(RCMIOS Scenes)

Recitals

Recital of Purcell and Lawes duets and songs

(Aldeburgh Festival 2019)

Bass soloist in Messiah

(Nevill Holt Opera)

Handel's Messiah

(St John's, Smith Square/Heason)

Bach's St Matthew Passion and Brahms' Requiem

(Choir of King's College, Cambridge/Cleobury)

Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music

(Buckingham Palace/Wilson)

Oratorio

Bach's St. John Passion

(Snape Maltings)