Hugo Hymas enjoys a varied career signing frequently in Europe, USA and Asia. He recently made his first trip to Australia to perform the tenor solos in Purcell's King Arthur with Gabrieli Consort (Paul McCreesh).
Past concert performances include a German tour of Purcell and Handel with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (Kristian Bezuidenhout), Handel's Messiah in Helsinki with The English Concert (Harry Bicket), Monteverdi's Vespers and Bach's St Matthew Passion with Dunedin Consort (John Butt), Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with Croatian Barokk Ensemble (Lawrence Cummings), Bach's B minor mass with Münchener Motettenchor (Benedikt Haag) and Handel's Semele with Monteverdi Choir (Sir John Eliot Gardiner) directed by Thomas Guthrie as a semi-staged concert performance for a tour which brought about his debut at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Hugo has also performed the role of Uriel in Haydn's Die Schöpfung with Les Arts Florissants (William Christie) in New York and on tour in France, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium in Sweden with Göteborgs Symfoniker (Andreas Spering), Handel's sacred oratorio La Resurrezione with Les Nouveaux Caractères (Sébastien d’Hérin), and Bach's B minor mass with Kammerorchester Basel (Winfried Toll).
Hugo’s opera roles of late include Septimius in Theodora (Handel) for Potsdamer Winteroper, Jupiter in Semele (Handel) with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (Yu Long), and Indian Boy and Fame in The Indian Queen (Purcell) with Opera de Lille (Emmanuelle Haïm).
He has also performed the lead tenor roles in Monteverdi’s Il Combatimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas), and Handel's Acis and Galatea. In 2017 he toured Monteverdi’s three operas - Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, L’incoronazione di Poppea and L’Orfeo - with English Baroque Soloists, which culminated with performances in the Lincoln Centre, New York. Hugo is a keen song recitalist, a former Britten-Pears young artist, and is currently on the ‘Rising Stars’ scheme with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with whom he has collaborated many times.
Hugo grew up in Cambridge where he sang as a chorister in Great St Mary’s Church Choir. He then studied the clarinet through school after which he joined the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge as a tenor. In 2014 he graduated with an honours degree in Music from the University of Durham.
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