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Toby Spence

Toby Spence

Toby Spence is a British tenor active internationally on the concert platform, in the opera house and in recordings across a wide range of classical music.



Gilbert & Sullivan: HMS Pinafore
Gilbert & Sullivan: HMS Pinafore
A live recording of an acclaimed one-off, sold-out performance at the 2015 EIF. 

CKD 522  

Britten: Les Illuminations
Britten: Les Illuminations
An outstanding recording of three Britten works named 'Best Multichannel SACD of the Year' 2005. 

BKD 226  

Toby Spence was a choral scholar at New College, Oxford, before studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. His opera engagements include Madwoman (Curlew River) at the Edinburgh International Festival; Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Essex (Gloriana), Ferdinand in Thomas Adès’s The Tempest, David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) and Tom Rakewell (The Rake's Progress) for the Royal Opera; Tamino, Paris (La Belle Hélène), Lensky (Eugene Onegin) and the title roles in Candide and Faust for English National Opera; Tom Rakewell and David for the Opéra National de Paris; Antonio (The Tempest) and Tamino for the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Tito (La clemenza di Tito) at the Vienna Staatsoper; and Henry (Die schweigsame Frau), Tito and Tamino in Munich. His concert engagements include appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra under Dohnányi; Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras under Rattle; Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Pappano and Gardner; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Gergiev; London Symphony Orchestra under Gergiev and Andrew Davis; London Philharmonic Orchestra under Nézet-Séguin; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Tilson Thomas; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Dudamel; Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Ticciati; and Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra with Dutoit. In 2011 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society Singer of the Year Award.
BBC 'Choice' For Two Linn Recordings
07 July 2016
Critics Praise IBO and Scottish Opera
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Richard Egarr Talks Pinafore
20 May 2016
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Opera News
Critic's Choice: 'Revelatory...An eminently seaworthy Pinafore, sure to captivate Savoyards everywhere.'
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Crescendo
« Scottish Ensemble, qui a été fondé en 1969 et qui est, sans conteste, un des meilleurs orchestres à cordes européens (son enregistrement des Illuminations de Benjamin Britten est superbe). »


Crescendo
4 Stars
« HMS Pinafore est une œuvre plaisante contenant de nombreux airs fort bien construits ... Elle reste somme toute assez lisse... »
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'So beautifully done. Sophisticated. It's a strong cast.'
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Fanfare
'The cast for this Pinafore is consistently satisfying...John Mark Ainsley as Sir Joseph...is wickedly funny...'
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Arthur Sullivan Society Journal
'Richard Egarr's enthusiasm for the opera, and for Sullivan, shines out in his conducting, which is lively and sensitive.'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
Opera Choice: 'As a full modern recording without dialogue, this is definitely recommendable.'
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AllMusic
4½ Stars
'Featuring a charismatic cast...the production was especially noteworthy for conductor Richard Egarr's historically informed approach to the music.'
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KulturRadio
5 Stars
„Diese CD ist ein Glücksfall und ein erstaunlicher Lebensbeweis des Genres.“
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Der Neue Merker
„Die Aufführung der Schottischen Oper in Edinburgh ist jedenfalls ein Hit."
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The Telegraph
'...the performance is largely excellent...the whole thing bounces and sparkles and smiles...'
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The New Listener
„Dazwischen hinreißende Chöre und Ensembles, kurzum ein Vergnügen, das diese Live-Aufnahme durchaus adäquat einfängt."
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The Herald Scotland
'Conductor Richard Egarr, the Scottish Opera orchestra and chorus and a fine line-up of soloists, including John Mark Ainsley, Elizabeth Watts and Toby Spence shine...'
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Gramophone
'...it's light on its feet, and the Scottish Opera Orchestra respond with warmth and grace. It was clearly one of those occasions where everyone plays off each other, and with a cast like this, the results are never less than engaging...'
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Financial Times
'A first-rate cast...[it] sparkles.'
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MusicWeb International
'The singers are first class and well suited to their roles...The rest of the cast do equal justice, with soloists and chorus singing with excellent tonal balance, energy and commitment under Richard Egarr's leadership.'
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Ihr Opernratgeber
„Für den spritzigen Orchesterklang sorgt der Dirigent Richard Egarr . Eine witzige Produktion, die glücklicherweise ohne Holzhammerhumor auskommt.“
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The Sunday Times
'Gilbert's satire on the English class system, political jobbery and hypocrisy, and the navy still resonates...its native tunefulness keep[s] the score fresh.'
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Presto Classical
Disc of the Week: '…for my money Egarr and Co. get the balance between tradition and freshness absolutely spot-on: there’s a tremendous sense of affection and conviction from all involved, and never a suggestion of anyone condescending to the material…Working from two recent scholarly editions of the score, Egarr brings out some wonderful orchestral detail...'
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Pizzicato
4 Stars
„frisch gestrichen“
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The Herald Scotland
Interview with conductor Richard Egarr
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