Australian born Europe based tenor Hubert Francis is one of the leading singing actors of his generation. An alumni of the RNCM and The Royal Opera Covent Garden’s Young Artists Programme, he works with conductors Benini, Bychkov, Joel, Jurowski, Koenigs, Pappano & Salonen; directors Curran, Jones, Loy, McVicar, Pountney & Tchernikov across four continents.
Recent critically acclaimed debuts include Shuisky in Boris Godunov at London’s Royal Festival Hall with Jakub Hruša conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra and Dimitry Ivashchenko in the title role and the Captain in Wozzeck at The Helsinki Festival alongside Karita Mattila as Marie and Florian Boesch in the title role with Hannu Lintu conducting the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in a live broadcast. Further recent credits include returning to Covent Garden for Toby Higgins in John Fulljames’ production of The Rise & Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Laïos in La Fura del Baus’ sell out production of Enescu’s rarely heard Oedipe conducted by Leo Hussain, and the roles of Piotr Feodorovich and the Retired Colonel in Barrie Kosky’s production of Shostakovich’s The Nose conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. In concert with the Bournemouth Symphony he sang 1st Jew Salome conducted by Kirill Karabits in Poole and at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall with Lise Lindstrom in the title role.
Elsewhere Hubert’s repertoire includes Drum Major Wozzeck in New York (Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Centre), Paris (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées), London (Royal Festival Hall), San Francisco (Zellerbach Hall), Los Angeles (Disney Hall), Dortmund (Konzerthaus) & with WNO; Herod Salome with SOSA in Adelaide and with Singapore Lyric Opera; Chairman Mao Nixon in China with Wide Open Opera in Dublin; Shabby Peasant Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk with Canadian Opera Company in Toronto; Vítek in The Makropoulos Case with Finnish National Opera in Helsinki; Goro Madam Butterfly, Gamekeeper Rusalka & Thibault in Verdi’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes at the Grand Théâtre de Genève in Geneva; Bear Leader in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh*, Thibault Les Vêpres Siciliennes* & 1st Croupier in Prokofiev’s The Gambler with Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam; Terry Bond in Benedict Mason’s Playing Away, Ferdinand in Krenek’s Karl V* & Spoletta Tosca at the Bregenz Festival; Yannakos in Martinů’s The Greek Passion Czech Music Festival at the Janáček Theatre in Brno; and Kedril/Hlas From the House of the Dead at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Further repertoire includes Aegist, Elemer, Florestan, Herman, Loge, Sellem & Zinovy.
His more than 125 performances with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden include Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia, Spoletta in Tosca (DVD with Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel with Pappano conducting)and Trin La fanciulla del West, 2nd & 3rd Jew Salome* and the Hunchback Brother Die Frau ohne Schatten. Further UK credits include Chekalinsky The Queen of Spades with WNO, Junge Diener Elektra with Opera North, both the roles of the Marquis in Prokofiev’s The Gambler and Don Basilio Le nozze di Figaro with Grange Park Opera and appearances with The Buxton and Covent Garden Festivals.
In concert he has appeared in both The Linbury Studio and Crush Room of the Royal Opera House performing Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Vaughan-William’s Song of Travel and Dvorak’s Gypsy Songs, and as guest soloist for the opening of the 2008 Bregenz Festival live on Austrian Television and Radio. Further broadcasts include with the BBC, Radio France, ORF, Dutch, Finnish and Swiss National Radios and Live Cinema Relays with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
Plans include Lucas in Thomas Ades’ new opera The Exterminating Angel and further roles with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden in coming seasons.
*performance released on DVD