British baritone Jolyon Loy is a member of the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studies with Scott Johnson & Duncan Williams, supported by The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Trust, The Perry Family Foundation and The Elmley Foundation.
A Britten Pears Young Artist 2018/19, he began his operatic training at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Philip Doghan & Robert Dean. Previously, Jolyon read French & Italian at Magdalen College, Oxford University where he sang, recorded and toured internationally with Magdalen College Choir. He began his singing career as a chorister & choral scholar at Worcester Cathedral.
Future appearances at the RCS include the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Owen Hart in the UK staged premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. Previous roles have included Sonora La Fanciulla del West for Wexford Festival Opera, Schaunard La Bohème for Clonter Opera, Christian Weiss in The Great Passion for the Dartington International Festival, Aeneas Dido & Aeneas, Osman/Huascar Les Indes Galantes, Marco Gianni Schicchi, Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Papageno The Magic Flute, Giove La Calisto, Thésée Hippolyte et Aricie, & Marquis d’Obigny La Traviata. Jolyon joined the Glyndebourne Festival chorus in 2016 in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, directed by David McVicar.
On the concert platform, Jolyon has appeared as a soloist at the Aldeburgh Festival, Wexford Festival Opera, the Dartington International Festival, Snape Maltings and numerous other festivals across the UK. His repertoire includes Valens in Handel’s Theodora under Christian Curnyn, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Finzi Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice, Handel Dixit Dominus, Jesus in J.S. Bach St Matthew Passion, Dvorak Te Deum, J.S. Bach St John Passion, Schubert Mass in G, Britten Cantata Misericordium, J.C. Bach Magnificat, Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle & Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes. Upcoming appearances include Puccini’s Messa di Gloria & Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle with the Rosenethe Singers, J.S. Bach B Minor Mass with Bearsden Choir/Philharmonic at Glasgow’s City Halls, & Handel’s Messiah with the CBSO at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.
Jolyon has been the grateful recipient of a number of awards and scholarships, including the Zenaida Nevsky Memorial Prize and generous sponsorship from Kate Sokoloff, Il Circolo Italian Cultural Association, Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund, The Mario Lanza Foundation, The Josephine Baker Trust, The Trevor Osborne Trust and The D’Oyly Carte Trust.
He has participated in masterclasses with Bryan Hymel, Dame Sarah Connolly, Dame Felicity Lott, Sarah Walker, Gianni Maffeo & Mark Stone.