Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Ronan Collett
Baritone
BBT Fellowship 2006

Ronan Collett - Biography

Ronan Collett was supported by BBT between 2006 and 2010.

Ronan Collett’s repertoire includes the roles of Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Marcello La bohème and Guglielmo Così fan tutte for Oper Stuttgart, Don Giovanni for Oper Köln and Oper Wuppertal, Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro in Stuttgart and for Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, and Harlekin Ariadne auf Naxos for both Oper Stuttgart and Theater St. Gallen. He has also appeared at La Monnaie in Brussels and for English National Opera.

On the concert platform, Ronan has performed extensively in Europe, Australia and Japan. A former BBC New Generation Artist, he has appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and BBC NOW. Highlights also include Trouble in Tahiti with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester conducted by Ulf Schirmer, L’enfance du Christ with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticciati, Der Freischütz with Sir Charles Mackerras at the Edinburgh International Festival, the world premiere of Benjamin Ellin’s One Before Zero with the Orchestre de Picardie, and Fidelio with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski. He has also performed the baritone solo part in Britten’s War Requiem at the Perth International Festival, in Sydney Opera House, Berliner Dom and Stuttgarter Liederhalle.

Ronan is also a keen and charismatic recitalist, and has appeared with pianists including Mitsuko Uchida, Roger Vignoles, Iain Burnside, Marcelo Amaral and Christopher Glynn, and at venues including the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Wilton’s Music Hall, and Cadogan Hall.

Ronan read Music at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where as an undergraduate he sang as a choral scholar with St John’s College Choir. He subsequently studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was made an Associate in 2015, and at Chapelle Musicale Reine Elizabeth. He was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2006.

Last updated: October 2018

I am extremely grateful to the Borletti-Buitoni Trust for awarding me a Fellowship. It has made a hugely significant impact on my development as a musician and provided invaluable support to the very early stages of my career. Susan Rivers is a constant source of good advice and stability, and to have had the opportunity to sing through Lieder with Mitsuko Uchida, and to receive her counsel about how best to proceed in the classical music world, has been especially appreciated. My deepest thanks to all of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust for their continued support and guidance.

Photographs by Edward Webb