Jacques Imbrailo Baritone

Biography

During his career, South-African baritone Jacques Imbrailo has mainly been associated to the title-role of Billy Budd, which he performed at Glyndebourne Festival, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Real Madrid, Dutch National Opera, Norway Opera, the BBC Proms and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York.

His repertoire also includes the roles of Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande) at Opernhaus Zurich, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra national du Rhin, Royal Opera of Sweden, Vlaamse Opera, Welsh National Opera, Aalto-Musiktheater, Essen, and sung in concerts with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla. Jacques Imbrailo has a special working relationship with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden where, other than Billy Budd, he has sung many roles: Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dr Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Simon (Miss Fortune), Albert (Werther), Ned Keene (Peter Grimes), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and the title-role of Owen Wingrave. Past seasons, he performed the title-role in Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet at Washington Concert Opera, Valentin (Faust) in Baden-Baden, Alphonse XI (La Favorite) and Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucrezia) at Houston Grand Opera, Gellner (La Wally) at Theater an der Wien, Ned Keene (Peter Grimes) at Teatro Real Madrid, Don Giovanni and Horatio (Hamlet by Brett Dean) at Glyndebourne Festival, Dido and Aeneas at the Bolshoi, Moscow and the Opéra de Lille, Joachim Messner (Bel Canto by Jimmy López) at Lyric Opera Chicago, and revived the title-role of Don Giovanni at the Perm Opera. This season, he makes his debut as Yeletski (The Queen of Spades) at La Monnaie, Brussels and as Zhou Enlai (Nixon in China) at Teatro Real Madrid, but also makes at the Oviedo Opera in the title role of Don Giovanni and at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich as Horatio (Brett Dean's Hamlet), a role he also recently performed at the Metropolitan Opera New York.

Paris Opera debut

Currently in

  • Palais Garnier
  • from 23 January to 24 February 2023
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