Hugo Hymas’s career sees him perform regularly at home and on the international stage. He has taken part in tours recently across Europe, USA and Asia, and also recently to Australia to perform the tenor solos in Purcell’s King Arthur with Gabrieli Consort (Paul McCreesh).
In the 2021/22 season Hugo will be performing Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the BBC Proms with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen and Haydn’s L´isola disabitata (Gernando) at Vaasa Baroque Festival with Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and Aapo Häkkinen. He is also looking forward to a tour with Nederlands Kamerkoor under the baton of Peter Dijkstra this December (Bach’s Christmas Oratorio). A further highlight will be performances at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in a world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s Julius Caesar (Lucius) under the baton of Daniele Gatti.
Past concert performances include a German tour of Purcell and Handel with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (Kristian Bezuidenhout), Handel’s sacred oratorio La Resurrezione with The English Consort (Harry Bicket), Monteverdi’s Vespers and Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Dunedin Consort (John Butt), Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with Croatian Barokk Ensemble (Lawrence Cummings), Bach’s B minor mass with Münchener Motettenchor (Benedikt Haag) and Handel’s Semele with Monteverdi Choir (Sir John Eliot Gardiner) directed by Thomas Guthrie as a semi-staged concert performance for a tour which brought about his debut at Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Hugo has also performed the role of Uriel in Haydn’s Die Schöpfungwith Les Arts Florissants (William Christie) in New York and on tour in France, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Sweden with Göteborgs Symfoniker (Andreas Spering) and in Canada with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under the baton of Kent Nagano as well as Handel’s La Resurrezione with Les Nouveaux Caractères and Sébastien d’Hérin.
Hugo’s opera roles of late include Septimius in Theodora (Handel) for Potsdamer Winteroper, Jupiter in Semele (Handel) with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (Yu Long), Indian Boy and Fame in The Indian Queen (Purcell) with Opera de Lille (Emmanuelle Haïm), and Eurimaco in a Robert Carson production of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria – this was under the baton of Ottavio Dantone at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He has also performed the lead tenor roles in Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas), and Handel’s Acis and Galatea.
Hugo is a keen song recitalist, a former Britten-Pears young artist, and is currently on the ‘Rising Stars’ scheme with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with whom he has collaborated many times.
Hugo grew up in Cambridge where he sang as a chorister in Great St Mary’s Church Choir. He then studied the clarinet through school after which he joined the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge as a tenor. In 2014 he graduated with an honours degree in Music from the University of Durham.
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