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

Ronan Collett - Biography

Ronan Collett was supported by BBT between 2006 and 2010.

Ronan is currently a member of Staatsoper Stuttgart’s solo ensemble, where he recently made his role debut as Marcello La bohème. Other roles in 2014/15 include Harlekin Ariadne auf Naxos and Guglielmo in Yannis Houvardas’ premiere production of Così fan tutte conducted by Sylvain Cambreling. In October 2014 he was awarded the Trude Eipperle Rieger Preis.

He 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 and at Chapelle Musicale Reine Elizabeth, before being invited to join Staatsoper Stuttgart’s Opernstudio in 2011/12. Ronan was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme between 2006 and 2008, and was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2006 and the Priz Thierry Mermod at Verbier Festival. During his time on the scheme, he performed with various conductors including Andris Nelsons, James Judd and Mikhail Agrest and with orchestras including BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and BBC NOW.

Opera roles include the title role of Eugene Onegin for Iford Arts, Count Almaviva for Classical Opera Company, Morales for English National Opera, English Clerk in Death in Venice conducted by Martyn Brabbins, Aeneas with Gabrieli Consort, Pandolfe Cendrillon, Nardo La finta giardiniera, and Kilian Der Freischütz conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras at Edinburgh International Festival. In 2011 he made his debut at La Monnaie as Maurevert in Olivier Py’s production of Les Huguenots conducted by Marc Minkowski.

On the concert platform, Ronan has performed extensively in Europe, Australia and Japan. In 2010 he made his Paris recital debut in Auditorium du Louvre. Other engagements include a recital with Mitsuko Uchida in Berlin Philharmonie, Trouble in Tahiti with Münchner Rundfunkorchester conducted by Ulf Schirmer in Munich and L’enfance du Christ with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Robin Ticciati. He has also performed the baritone solo part in Britten’s War Requiem at the Perth International Festival and in Sydney Opera House. It is a role he is becoming especially identified with, having performed it last year in Berliner Dom and last October in Liederhalle, Stuttgart.

Future performances include a recital with Marcelo Amaral marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War to be broadcast on Deutschlandradio Kultur. In April 2015 he will perform the baritone solos in Ein deutsches Requiem in Liederhalle, Stuttgart. In January 2016, he will perform an ‘alternative Winterreise’ programme as part of Internationale Hugo-Wolf-Akademie’s Schubert recital series. .

Last updated: February 2015

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