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Niall Hoskin

Niall Hoskin (baritone)

Niall sang in Clare College Choir, Cambridge and read Modern Languages. He taught and sang in Yorkshire for ten years, and now lives near Bristol, where he works as a freelance translator and sings in a wide variety of venues and genres.

Niall’s opera performances have included title roles in Orfeo, The Flying Dutchman, Gianni Schicchi, Don Giovanni, The Mikado and Falstaff as well as numerous roles in repertoire from Purcell and Handel to Stravinsky and Britten. His translating work has reached the stage too:  his version of the Mozart-Strauss Idomeneo was performed at the Buxton Festival.

Concert highlights have included Dream of Gerontius, The Kingdom and The Apostles Elgar, St Paul and Elijah Mendelssohn, Creation and Seasons Haydn, works by Orff, Mathias, Rubbra and several first performances.

Niall sang Ellington’s Sacred Concerts music on the South Bank, at the Three Choirs Festival, in St Paul’s Cathedral, in York Minster, on CD and on Radio 3. His song recital work has encompassed repertoire in English, French, German and Russian: most recently he sang Schubert’s Winterreise.

He is a founder member of ‘Men with Horns’, an ensemble that specialises in the repertoire for men’s voices and horn quartet. This gave him his one and only opportunity to sing a ‘Tenorbariton’ part, in Bruckner’s Abendzauber.

In 2016 Niall sang the title role in Macbeth Verdi, as well as appearing in Cavalleria Rusticana Mascagni and Madame Butterfly Puccini. 2017 projects include the title role in Rigoletto Verdi, Purcell’s Fairy Queen and a tour of Roald Dahl settings by Paul Patterson and Martin Butler; and performances of This Precious Earth, a chamber cantata on global warming by Jonathan Bielby, coupled with an updated version Bach’s Coffee Cantata.

Niall is an enthusiastic, frequent and slow runner: he hopes to run his 10th marathon this year in Edinburgh.

Details are at www.niallhoskin.co.uk