Australian born Europe based tenor Hubert Francis is one of the most sought after singing actors of his generation. An alumni of the RNCM and Royal Opera Covent Garden’s Young Artists Programme, he works with conductors Benini, Bychkov, Koenigs, Pappano & Salonen; directors Jones, Loy, McVicar, Pountney & Tchernikov across four continents.
2015 has already seen Hubert make significant critically acclaimed role debuts. Firstly in April as Shuisky in Boris Bodunov at London’s Royal Festival Hall with Jakub Hruša conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra and Dimitry Ivashchenko as Boris and secondly, as the Hauptmann in Wozzeck at the recent 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. Earlier in the year he returned to Covent Garden performing Toby Higgins in John Fulljames’ production of The Rise & Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Season 2015/16 continues with 1st Jew Salome with the Bournemouth Symphony conducted by Kirill Karabits in Poole and Birmingham, Spoletta Tosca and Laïos Oedipe at Covent Garden and further roles there in subsequent seasons.
Recent credits include Drum Major Wozzeck in New York (Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Centre), Paris (TdC-E), London (Royal Festival Hall), San Francisco, Los Angeles (Disney Hall), Dortmund & with WNO; Herod Salome in Adelaide and Singapore; Chairman Mao Nixon in China in Dublin; Shabby Peasant Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Toronto; Vítek Makropoulos Case in Helsinki; Goro Madam Butterfly, Gamekeeper Rusalka & Thibault Les Vêpres Siciliennes in Geneva; Bear Leader Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh*, Thibault Les Vêpres Siciliennes* & 1st Croupier The Gambler in Amsterdam; Terry Bond Playing Away, Ferdinand Karl V* & Spoletta Tosca at the Bregenz Festival; Yannakos The Greek Passion Janáček Theatre Brno; and Kedril/Hlas From the House of the Dead in Palermo. Further repertoire includes Aegist, Elemer, Florestan, Herman, Loge, Sellem, Shuisky & Zinovy.
His more than 125 performances with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden include Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia, Spoletta Tosca*, Trin La fanciulla del West, 2nd & 3rd Jew Salome* and last season, the Hunchback Brother Die Frau ohne Schatten. Further UK credits include Chekalinsky The Queen of Spades with WNO, Junge Diener Elektra with Opera North and both Marquis The Gambler and Don Basilio Le nozze di Figaro with Grange Park Opera.
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.
*available on DVD