Alastair Miles - bass
Alastair Miles was born in Harrow and studied flute at the Guildhall School of Music before embarking on his highly successful vocal career. He has a stylistically wide repertoire, and has made over seventy recordings.
In the UK Alastair Miles appears regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and English National Opera, as well as Welsh National Opera, Opera North and Glyndebourne. His recent roles include Narbal in Les Troyens for Netherlands Opera, Creonte in Medea in Corinto for Bayerische Staatsoper, Zaccaria in Nabucco for Wiener Staatsoper, Pogner in Die Meistersinger for Glyndebourne Festival and Netherlands Opera, Poliferno in Niobe, Regina di Tebe at Covent Garden, Osmin in Die Entführung
aus dem Serail with the O.A.E. (Labadie), Duke Alfonso in Lucrezia Borgia for E.N.O., Claudio in Agrippina for Opéra de Dijon and Opéra de Lille with Emmanuelle Haim, Daland in Der fliegende Holländer for Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège and Philip II in Don Carlo for the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
On the concert platform Alastair has appeared with the world's leading orchestras and conductors; highlights include Schumann's Faustszenen with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and with the Munich Radio Orchestra, Handel's Messiah with the New York Philharmonic, Sarastro in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Daniel Harding at the Lucerne Festival and J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Recording of the Month: 'This is a marvellous set, the finest Roméo et Juliette to appear for several years, and worthy, in very different ways, to stand alongside illustrious competition from the likes of Sir Colin Davis and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.'more >>Audiophile Audition
'The musical conception and the performance certainly deserve your consideration: there's youthful brio in the introductory Combats - Tumulte, outstanding for me is Swedish mezzo Katija Dragojevic, whose very first utterances shape the bittersweet narrative that she unfolds and bass Alastair Miles bringing all of the command, mingled with deep regret, that should inform the role of Friar Laurence.'more >>BBC Music Magazine
'Robin Ticciati has proved to be a special Berlioz interpreter, and offers an individual, youthful reading driven by crisp detail and translucent textures and Berlioz's vital rhythmic spring.'BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'You've probably guessed by now, this is the one of these three newcomers [compared with Gergiev and Andrew Davis's recordings] that I've enjoyed the most for its freshness and vivacity; the way Berlioz's extraordinary orchestra colours spring to life and the intimacy and detail of the Linn recording.'more >>Gramophone
'Ticciati from the first, explosive bars finds tauter drama than either [Gergiev or Davis]...'more >>The Observer
'...orchestrally superb...Katija Dragojevic is a gorgeously warm mezzo.'more >>The Sunday Times
Album of the Week: '...virtuosic and intense string-playing...'Classical Music Magazine
Editor's Choice: 'Ticciati directs a vibrant, unsentimental account of this enduring score, and is joined by a near-perfect cast...'more >>Infodad
'The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra plays this music very well indeed...The four soloists are all very fine.'more >>The Telegraph
'As the piece proceeds, he negotiates its pacing, its contours, its shifts of emotional emphasis with an assured, evocative hand...'more >>SA-CD.net
'...sounds so French and oozes with idiomatic Berlioz...'more >>AllMusic
'... good for listeners who crave a bit of lushness...this audiophile recording is worth hearing for its subtlety and beauty.'more >>MusicWeb International
'This is a most welcome release which further enhances the credentials of Robin Ticciati, especially in Berlioz.'more >>Pizzicato
'...delicate orchestral sound, homogeneous choir singing and a fantastic quartet.'more >>The Arts Desk
‘Glorious music, impeccably performed and magnificently recorded.’more >>Gramophone
'...full of honeyed tones and an occasional exotic splash.'more >>The Observer
'...this new [recording] is beautifully fluid, flexible and transparent...'more >>The Telegraph
'... a first-rate, affecting performance and a timely seasonal release.'more >>The Times
'Past performances have already established Robin Ticciati as a sterling Berlioz conductor...this latest Linn release, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Radio Choir, wins him another laurel.'more >>