British tenor, Hugo Hymas, grew up in Cambridge. He first trained as a chorister in Great St Mary’s Church Choir, studied the Clarinet through school, and then joined the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. In 2014 he graduated with an honours degree in Music from the University of Durham and then moved down to London to sing.
Hugo has performed on the concert platform as a soloist in several of Europe’s great concert halls: Philharmonie (Paris), Concertgebouw, KKL Luzern, Philharmonie (Berlin), Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall. He is increasing demand on the international stage and is building a reputation as an Evangelist for Bach’s Passions. In 2016 he performed the tenor arias in a critically acclaimed European tour of Matthäus-Passion with English Baroque Soloists (Sir John Eliot Gardiner), and later that year on a tour of Bach’s Magnificat, both of which are available on CD. He has also sung Arias and Evangelist in the Johannes-Passion recently in Nidarosdomen (Trondheim Barokk) and Croatia (Croatian Baroque Ensemble), and Arias for Messe H-Moll in Herkulesaal, München (Münchener Motettennchor - Benedikt Haag). He works frequently with the Scottish based Dunedin Consort (John Butt) performing recently the Evangelist role in Matthäus-Passion, and the tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium.
Other regular concert repertoire includes Monteverdi Vespers 1610, Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem and Missa Solemnis, Haydn Die Schöpfung and Britten Saint Nicholas. Hugo has also performed works from the French baroque period recently in London at King’s Place (with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) and Wigmore Hall (with Early Opera Company).
On the opera stage Hugo has played the lead roles in Monteverdi’s Il Combatimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas), Handel’s Semele (Jupiter), Acis and Galatea (Acis and Damon) and Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Tamino), The Marriage of Figaro (Basilio). 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 has given also song recitals across the UK, and was Britten-Pears young artist in Aldeburgh.
With recordings scheduled in 2018, Hugo’s current discography is: Apocalypse (Sigiswald Kuijken 2015), Antonio Lotti: Crucifixus (Ben Palmer 2016), Martin Peerson: A Treatie of Humane Love (Fretwork 2016), Bach Matthäus-Passion (John Eliot Gardiner 2017), The Other Vespers (Robert Hollingworth 2017), and Bach Magnificat, Süsser Trost (John Eliot Gardiner 2017).