Toby Spence, Tenor

An honours graduate and choral scholar from New College, Oxford, Toby Spence studied at the Opera School of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In concert, Toby has sung with the Cleveland Orchestra under von Dohnanyi, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic under Rattle, the San Francisco Symphony under Tilson Thomas, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Pappano, the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Gergiev, the London Symphony Orchestra under Davis, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Nezet-Seguin, the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Dudamel, and at the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals under Norrington and Mackerras. Toby sang an acclaimed Madwoman in Britten’s “Curlew River” for the Edinburgh Festival, where he has also appeared in recital. Other recitals include the LSO St Lukes, Opera de Lille and the Wigmore Hall. He has made numerous recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, BMG, Philips, Collins, Linn Records, Hyperion and EMI.

For the Royal Opera House, Toby has sung Ferdinand (“The Tempest”), David (“Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Count Almaviva (“Il Barbiere di Siviglia”), Ramiro and Tom Rakewell. For the English National Opera his roles include Tamino, Candide, Paris (“La Belle Hélène”), Lensky and Faust. His many roles at the Paris Opera include Tom Rakewell and David. He has sung with the Glyndebourne Festival, the Bavarian and Hamburg State Operas and the Monnaie, Brussels. In America he has appeared with  the San Francisco Opera, the Santa Fe Festival, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera. 

During the 2011 / 2012 season, Toby sings Antonio (“The Tempest”) for the Metropolitan Opera, Don Ottavio for the Vienna State Opera and Essex (“Gloriana”) for the Royal Opera House. Concerts this season include the London Symphony Orchestra with Gergiev, Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Ticciati, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with Gardner, Hamburg Philharmonic with Tate, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Adés and at the Tonhalle, Zurich with Dutoit.

Toby was the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society 2011 Singer of the Year award.

Toby is a Co-Opera Co. Board Member.