A member of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s Opera Studio in Munich 2020-22, British-Russian baritone Theodore Platt follows his 2022 BBT Fellowship with his Glyndebourne Festival debut in Barrie Koksy’s new production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites in 2023. Other highlights include Salzburg appearances both in Mozartwoche 2023’s production The Old Tree Or: Franzi’s Journey to the End of the World at the Salzburger Marionettentheater,and joining the Stadler Quartett, pianist Keval Shah and Rolando Villazón in concert.
His Munich role debuts included as Fiorello (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Lakai (Ariadne auf Naxos), Conte Ceprano (Rigoletto) as well as jumping in last minute as Wiedehopf (Die Vögel) at the State Opera Munich Festival in 2021. He also sang concert performances with Bayerische Staatsoper’s Opera studio as Barbiere (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Malatesta (Don Pasquale).
Theodore created the role of Digital Baritone in the world premiere of Miroslav Srnka’s Singularity alongside Klangforum Wien at State Opera Munich and was Johannes Kepler in the world premiere of Tim Watts’ Kepler’s Trial, staged as part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition “Opera: Passion, Power and Politics”.
As a recitalist, Theodore made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2019 as part of Graham Johnson’s Songmakers’ recital series and participated in the inaugural French Song Exchange there, working closely with Felicity Lott and François Le Roux with concerts in London and Paris. In 2021, he performed at the Oxford Lieder Festival and at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg.
London-born, he studied Music at St John’s College, Cambridge and is an alumnus of Verbier Festival Academy (where he was awarded Prix Thierry Mermod). He has won numerous prizes including the 64th Kathleen Ferrier Award (2019) and the 2022 Internationaler Wettbewerb für Liedkunst Stuttgart competition.
To be brought into the fold of the BBT community and to benefit from the same support and advice that so many remarkable musicians have in the years gone by—and will continue to for generations to come—is a true honour and source of inspiration. With this unique opportunity I am able to work on many projects which would otherwise not be possible at this stage in my career, thereby continuing to grow as an artist.
Photographs by Ben McKee