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Alastair Miles (Bass)

Born: 1961 - Harrow, north-west London, England

The English bass, Alastair Miles, began first to study the flute at Guildhall School of Music, and thereafter began his singing training.

Alastair Miles made his debut in 1985 as Trulove in The Rake's Progress. In 1986 he won the Katheen Ferrier prize. Since then he has performed regularly in concert with the world's most prestigious conductors and orchestras, at all the major British opera houses as well as the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, La Scala, Deutsche Oper, San Francisco, Netherlands Opera and the Vienna State Opera. Among his most important performances ranked: Sir Giorgio in I Puritani, Raimondo in Lucia Di Lammermoor and Basilio in IL Barbiere Di Siviglia in San Francisco, the title role in Le Nozze Di Figaro under Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Amsterdam, Colline in La Bohème at the Opera of Lyon, the title role in Oberto at the Opera of Nice, Sir Giorgio at the Deutschen Oper Berlin and at the Bavaria State Opera. He has also participated in numerous of the Glyndebourne Festival. He could be heard at the Welsh Opera Cardiff as Mephisto in Faust, Zaccaria in Nabucco, Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra and Sparafucile in Rigoletto. In 1996 He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. His principal company is the Royal Opera Covent Graden London, where he appeared as 2nd Gralsritter in Parsifal, in the title role of Saul, as Lord Sidney in Il Viaggio A Reims, as Minister in Fidelio, Philipp in Don Carlo and Silva in Ernani.

Beyond that Alastair Miles is also active as concert and oratorio soloist. He made his devur at the At the Vienna State Opera in October 1997 as Praefekt in the premiere of Linda Di Chamounix. Sir Giorgio in I Puritani followed and the role of Kardinal Brogni in the premiere of La Juive in October 1999. In the season 2002-2003 he is to be heard as Zaccaria in the Ring in this opera house the house.

In 1999 Alastair Miles made his debut UK recital with Roger Vignoles and recorded his first solo CD. Miles has contributed to 40 discs - many for Opera Rara: Orazi e Curiazi, Medea in Corinto, Ricciardo e Zoraide, Rosmonda d'Inghilterra, and Maria Regina d'Inghilterra.


Source: Opera Rara Website; Wiener Staatsoper Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (November 2002)
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Aryeh Oron (November 2002)

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