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JOHN
GRAHAM-HALL
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CHAN 3168M
Strauss
Ariadne on Naxos/ Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
CHAN 3094M
Berg
Wozzeck
CHAN 3097M
Rossini
The Thieving Magpie
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BIOGRAPHY

John Graham-Hall (Herod) studied at King’s College‚ Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. He has sung with all the major British opera companies where roles include Albert Herring at the Royal Opera House‚ Covent Garden; Albert Herring‚ Vanya Kudrjas (Katya Kabanova)‚ Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Bob Boles (Peter Grimes) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Valzacchi (Der Rosenkavalier)‚ Don Basilio‚ Monostatos‚ Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Herod for English National Opera; Cassio (Otello) for Welsh National Opera; Eisenstein and Schoolmaster (The Cunning Little Vixen) for Scottish Opera; and Aschenbach (Death in Venice)‚ Lysander‚ Albert Herring and Ferrando (Così fan tutte) for Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

As one of Britain’s leading international singers his operatic engagements abroad have included the Dancing Master (Ariadne auf Naxos)‚ Cassio and Basilio at La Monnaie in Brussels; and two roles in Moses and Aaron for Netherlands Opera and at the Salzburg Festival. He sang Shapkin (From the House of the Dead) for Nice Opera; Lysander in Paris‚ Lyon‚ Caen‚ Montpellier‚ Rome‚ at the Ravenna Festival; Lensky (Eugene Onegin) in Lyon and Toronto; Ferrando in Vancouver; Cassio and Telemacus (Il ritorno d’Ulysse in Patria) in Lisbon; Achilles (King Priam) and Painter (Lulu) in Antwerp; and Basilio and Spoletta (Tosca) for Netherlands Opera. He was until recently a member of English National Opera where roles include Eisenstein (The Merry Widow), Mime (The Ring Cycle)‚ Herod‚ Valzacchi‚ Sylvester (The Silver Tassie)‚ Goro (Madam Butterfly)‚ Triquet (Eugene Onegin)‚ Monostatos (The Magic Flute)‚ Shabby Peasant (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) and Alwa (Lulu).
Recordings for Chandos include Hob (Vaughan Williams’ The Poisoned Kiss), and, for the Opera in English series Alwa (Lulu), the Idiot (Wozzeck), Vítek (The Makropulos Case), Monostatos (The Magic Flute) and Isacco (The Thieving Magpie).
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CHAN 10120
Vaughan Williams
The Poisoned Kiss

''but meanwhile, Chandos' recording should provide hours of pleasure and not merely to Vaughan Williams 'train-spotters'. A su...
CHAN 3094
Berg
Wozzeck

'All translations involve compromises, and the virtues of this recording are such that it makes as powerful a case for this extraordinary work as an...
CHAN 3097
Rossini
The Thieving Magpie

'What was by any standards a well-sung performance at Garsington is here even finer' under Parry the Philharmonia is able to take the...
CHAN 3121
Mozart
The Magic Flute

Barry Banks marries ease, expressivity and eloquence to notable effect…...
CHAN 3130
Berg
Lulu

“Lisa Saffer makes an ideal Lulu, dramatically compelling to watch, and with a voice to equal the sustained high note writing which Berg gives his pro...
CHAN 3138
Janacek
The Makropulos Case

Barker conveys the title character’s coolness and vulnerability with real power, and she has excellent support from Brubaker and Wegn...
CHAN 3157
Strauss, R
Salome

Alongside Bullock’s spellbinding and radiant Salome, the other most impressive protagonists in this performance are the Philharmonia Orchestra ...
CHAN 3168
Strauss
Ariadne on Naxos/ Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

“…Delightful, tuneful and always understandable, this set represents another victory for Chan...