The British-Irish tenor, Ronan Busfield, was born in Hampshire and grew up in Berkshire. He was a choral scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford University, where he studied music (Master of Arts degree in Music, 2005), later singing as a Lay Clerk in the choir of the Chapel of St. George, Windsor Castle. Subsequently, he completed English National Opera’s Opera Works and studied at the Alexander Gibson Opera School of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Stephen Robertson (Master of Music degree in Opera, 2010). His prizes and awards include the RCS Florence Veitch Ibler Prize for Oratorio, first prize (RCS Margaret Dick Award), highly commended (RCS Italian Opera Prize), finalist (Sacred Music International Competition in Rome, 2010), and finalist (International Vocal Contest for Church Music, Greifswald, Germany, 2011).
In the 2012-2013 season, Ronan was a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist and sang Brühlmann in Werther, Gastone/Giuseppe in La Traviata, Flute in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night’s Dream and covered the roles 1st Triplet in Clemency (MacMillan) and Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance. His opera roles also include: Edmondo in l'Assedio di Calais, Rodolfo (cover) in La Boheme and Cecco in Life on the Moon (English Touring Opera), Ordinary Person in Ines de Castro by Macmillan, Goro (cover) in Madame Butterfly (Scottish Opera) and Father in The Seven Deadly Sins (Scottish Opera), Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore (Winterbourne Opera), Philippe D’Aguilar in The Sleeping Queen (Balfe) and Una Guardia in Il cappello di paglia di Firenze (Wexford Festival Opera), Gualtiero in Griselda by Vivaldi (Opera Settecento), La Cenerentola and The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne Festival Opera chorus), Don Jerome in Betrothal in a Monastery and Woodpecker in The Cunning Little Vixen (Scottish Opera/RCS), Male Chorus in B. Britten's The Rape of Lucretia (cover, British Youth Opera and RCS), Macbeth in Okavango Macbeth (Delphian Records/Edinburgh Studio Opera), Mayor in B. Britten's Albert Herring (RCS and Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme), Tamino in W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute (Park Opera), Orpheus in Orpheus Down Under (Unexpected Opera) and Nanki-Poo in The Mikado (Windsor and Eton Operatic Society). Elsewhere: Dick Dauntless in Ruddigore and Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady. He has also sung the following roles in scenes: Egeo in Giasone, Tamino in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni, Ferrando in W.A. Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Beppe in I Pagliacci, Gonzalve in L’heure espagnole and Jaquino in L.v. Beethoven's Fidelio.
Ronan Busfield enjoys a varied career on the concert platform, performing in many prestigious international venues. In July 2010 he made his BBC Proms debut, performing Ralph Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Other solo concert performances include B. Britten's Serenade at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the City of London Sinfonia, Jarba in Jomelli's La Didone at the London Handel Festival with Ensemble Serse, Verdi's Requiem and Bruckner's Te Deum (Glasgow City Halls), George Frideric Handell's Esther (Lodi Cathedral, Italy) and Messiah, J.S. Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245) (Windsor Festival), Messiaen’s La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ (Royal Festival Hall), Janacek's Otche Nash (St Alban’s Cathedral), Monteverdi's Vespers, J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass (BWV 232), Magnificat (BWV 243), St Mark Passion (BWV 247) and St John Passion (BWV 245); Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater; Camille Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio; Haydn's The Seasons and The Creation; Maunder's Olivet to Calvary; Wood's St Mark Passion; Herbert Howells' Hynmnus Paradisi; B. Britten's St. Nicholas and L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. In 2013, her married Catherine Ursula Pope.