Roland Wood was born in Berkshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music 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.
Currently for ENO: Scarpia Tosca (South Facing Festival, Crystal Palace Park)
Previously for ENO: The Count The Marriage of Figaro, Paulo Simon Boccanegra, Kissinger Nixon in China, Alfio Cavalleria rusticana, Marcello La bohème, Zurga The Pearl Fishers, Papageno The Magic Flute, Paul Bunyan Paul Bunyan, The Pilgrim The Pilgrim’s Progress, Oedipus Thebans
In 2003 Roland was chosen as the English entrant for BBC Singer of the World in Cardiff, where he was a semi-final winner.
Roland Wood has recorded extensively for both Chandos Records and Opera Rara and has also featured often on the concert platform, where highlights include Tippett’s Child of Our Time with the Hallé, L’enfance du Christ with the English Chamber Orchestra, Donizetti’s Il Diluvio Universale with the London Philharmonic, Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Philharmonia, Mahler Lieder under Sir Mark Elder with the Hallé and Candide at the opening concert of the Edinburgh Festival. He also sang the Verdi Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has toured with the Flanders Symphony and the Dunedin Consort.
Notable engagements elsewhere:
Nick Shadow Rake’s Progress (Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Dr Falke Die Fledermaus (Scottish Opera); Marullo Rigoletto (Scottish Opera); Papageno Die Zauberflöte (Scottish Opera); Robert Storch Intermezzo (Scottish Opera); Albert Werther (Scottish Opera); Don Giovanni Don Giovanni (English Touring Opera); Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin (English Touring Opera); Renato Un Ballo in maschera (Nationale Reisopera, Canadian Opera Company, Grange Park Opera, Welsh National Opera); Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor (Nationale Reisopera); Germont Père La Traviata (Nationale Reisopera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera); Roucher Andrea Chénier (Royal Opera House); Ford Falstaff (Royal Opera House); Conte de Luna Il Trovatore (Scottish Opera Chelsea Opera Group) Escamillo Carmen (Scottish Opera); Macbeth Macbeth (Opera Theatre of St Louis); Golaud Pelléas et Mélisande (Scottish Opera City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra); Scarpia Tosca (Grange Park Opera, Saatsoper Stuttgart, Scottish Opera); Rigoletto Rigoletto (Michigan Opera Theatre, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Theatre of St Louis); Nottingham Roberto Devereux (Welsh National Opera); Marcello La Bohème (Scottish Opera).
Upcoming engagements include: Dulcamara L’elisir d’amore, Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera Company).
Last updated: 13th April 2021