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Tim Mead


  • Counter-tenor Tim Mead is praised for his “alluring” and “consistently excellent” interpretations (New York Times). With his “rich, mellifluous sound” (Guardian), he is recognised as one of the finest across the generations of counter-tenors.

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  • Highlights of the 2022/23 season include his return to the Teatro Real, Madrid for Ulisse Achille In Sciro and Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Glyndebourne Festival. On the concert platform, he will complete a European tour of Handel Messiah with RIAS Kammerchor, Hamor Jeptha with Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Handel Ode For The Birthday Of Queen Anne with Les Violons Du Roy and return to the Wigmore Hall.

    Recent operatic highlights include Dardano Amadigi for Garsington Opera, Apollo Death in Venice at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Ulisse Achille in Sciro at the Teatro Real, Madrid, Athamas Semele for Opera Philadelphia, Goffredo Rinaldo at Glyndebourne, Endimione La Calisto for Teatro Real, Madrid and at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Bertarido Rodelinda for Opera de Lille, Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera Philadelphia, Glyndebourne and Bergen National Opera, Hamor Jephtha at the Opéra National de Paris, the title role Akhnaten and Ottone Agrippina for Opera Vlaanderen, Boy/Angel Written on Skin at the Bolshoi, Bertarido Rodelinda at English National Opera, and Arsamene in Cavalli Xerse with Le Concert d’Astrée at Opéra de Lille, Theater an der Wien, and Théâtre de Caen.

    On the concert platform, recent highlights include Handel Messiah with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Bach St Matthew Passion with Collegium Vocale Gent in a European tour, Pergolesi Stabat Mater at the BBC Proms, Handel Jephtha with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the BBC Proms, a European recital tour with Emmanuelle Haim and Le Concert d’Astree, Bach St John Passion with Jonathan Cohen and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, an appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall, a tour of Asia with Harry Bicket and The English Concert, Athamas Semele with the CBSO and the Handel and Haydn Society, Didymus Theodora with the Akademie fur Alte Musik, the world premiere of Theo Loevendie Spinoza at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Handel Messiah with Robin Ticciati and the Deutsches Symfonie-Orchester Berlin, the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli Consort, Handel & Haydn Society, Academy of Ancient Music, and Le Concert d’Astree, Bach B Minor Mass with The English Concert and with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie, Bach Magnificat with Le Concert d’Astree, Bach St Matthew Passion with London Handel Festival and De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Handel Theodora with the English Concert, Handel Solomon with Akademie für Alte Musik, Handel Judas Maccabaeus with the OAE, and Handel Joseph and his Brethren at the International Händel Festspiele Göttingen.

    Mead’s substantial discography includes the most recent releases; Purcell Songs and Dances with Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien on Alpha and Pergolesi Stabat Mater and Bach Cantatas with La Nuova Musica on Harmonia Mundi.

    Mead read Music as a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, before continuing his vocal studies at the Royal College of Music.

    2022/23 season / 546 words. Not to be altered without permission


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Concert repertoire

Bach, C.P.E.

Bach, J.S.
Christmas Oratorio
Mass in B minor
St. John Passion
St. Matthew Passion

Chichester Psalms

La Melancholia

Alexander’s Feast
Dixit Dominus
Israel in Egypt
Joseph and his Brethren
Judas Maccabaeus

Carmina Burana

Stabat Mater

Salve Regina

Nisi Dominus
Stabat Mater

Opera repertoire

Angel 1/The Boy Written on Skin

Harrison Birtwistle
Innocent 5 The Minotaur

Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Voice of Apollo Death in Venice

Endimione La Calisto
Paggio & Ombra di Bussiride Ercole Amante

Ometh Golem

Title role Akhnaten

Orfeo Orfeo ed Euridice

Title role Admeto
Ottone Agrippina
Title role Ezio
Title role Flavio
Cesare & Tolomeo Giulio Cesare
Idelberto Lotario
Title role Orlando
Title role Riccardo Primo
Title role Rinaldo
Bertarido Rodelinda
David Saul
Athamas Semele
Title role Siroe
Melo Sosarme
Andronico Tamerlano

Pastore Orfeo
Ottone L’incoronazion di Poppea

Farnace Mitridate

Philips, Julian
Jalal Varjak Paw

Clearte Niobe

Licida L’Olimpiade

"Countertenor Tim Mead produced ravishing sounds - none better in the business"

The Arts Desk

The cast is headed by the extraordinary British countertenor Tim Mead. Tall and handsome, Mead has an amazing technique, and an unusually full sound, with a real core to it. His coloratura was spectacular, his acting convincing, and he brought down the house on Sunday night.

St Louis Post-Dispatch

Here was the sort of counter-tenor one only dreams about: laser-like pitching and tone, yet not uncomfortably acid sounding and capable of huge emotion... Mead rose magnificently to the challenge, with the aria, 'Sweet rose and lilly' perhaps demonstrating his art at its height.

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Piano accompanist

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