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.


    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.