British baritone George von Bergen’s charismatic stage presence and powerful, mellifluous lyric baritone has earned him renown in Europe over the last three years. His numerous successes over the last 18 months have had him hailed at ENO as “an ideal Sharpless” express, “Electrifying” as Zurga Mark Ronan, and a “mercurial” Marcello Opera Britannia, whilst his role debut as Enrico at Danish National opera gathered wide critical acclaim. In September he appeared in a concert of arias with the RPO at Westminster Central Hall and represented ENO in June in West End Live on the open-air stage in Trafalgar Square.
Other recent highlights include the title role of Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet in a new production at Croatian National Theatre conducted by Hervé Niquet; Ford Falstaff and Belcore L’elisir d’amore , both for Opera Holland Park; and his debut at La Scala, Milan, as Ned Keene in Richard Jones’ acclaimed new production of Peter Grimes , which was subsequently released commercially on DVD.
Additional roles include Herald/Lord Hate-good in The Pilgrim’s Progress and Schaunard La bohème at English National Opera; Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Marcello La bohème and Ostasio Francesca da Rimini , all at Opera Holland Park; Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream for both Garsington and Longborough Opera; the title role of Don Giovanni; Marcello La bohème at the Torre del Lago Puccini Festival; and Beaumarchais Ghosts of Versaille, in the award-winning European première at Wexford Opera.
On the recital and concert platform, von Bergen has performed extensively in Britain and Europe. Oratorio performances include Brahms Deutsches Requiem, Mendelssohn Elijah, Bach St John Passion, Puccini Messa di Gloria and Fauré Requiem.
OA current ENO Harewood Artist, George von Bergen studied at the University of Bristol, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio in London, going on to win the Royal Overseas League singing competition. Whilst still at the National Opera Studio, he performed the role of Edward in the stage première of Elizabeth Maconchy’s The Sofa with Independent Opera (Chandos, February 2009). He also took the role of Marcello in the Deutsche Grammophon/MR Productions film of La bohème alongside Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon. In addition, he performed with Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera and Garsington Opera, and made his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with Sir Andrew Davis.