William Blake (tenor) studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Neil Mackie and Iain Ledingham and is generously supported by the John Baker Opera Scholarship, the CHK Charities Limited award and the Josephine Baker Trust. As well as being soloist in the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series, he is a member of the Song Circle. Before coming to the Academy, he studied at the University of Oxford where he held a choral scholarship at The Queen’s College, reading music.
His most recent work in opera was with Royal Academy Opera playing Oronte in Handel’s Alcina. Previously he was Lucano in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and the Distiller in Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night; last November he was Don Basilio in their production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Hackney Empire. Before joining the Academy, he played Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Opera Lyrica as well as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni for Westminster Opera Company.
Oratorio engagements have included Bach’s B Minor Mass and Magnificat, the finale of Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, Handel’s Messiah and Athalia, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Rossini’s Petite messe solenelle in venues as prestigious as the Sheldonian Theatre, St John’s Smith Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields. He has been the evangelist in Bach’s Johannes-Passion and Matthäus-Passion with Norwich Cathedral Choir, and performed at the Oxford Lieder Festival in a programme entitled ‘Schubert at the Opera’.
Other recent recital projects have included Dvorak’s Zigeunerlieder with Jâms Coleman and Walton’s Anon. in Love with Michael Butten.