Oliver studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Wales International Academy of Voice, following a degree in music from Trinity College, Cambridge. He has participated in masterclasses with Sir John Tomlinson, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Josephine Barstow, Dame Ann Murray, Richard Bonynge, Della Jones, Nelly Miricioiu, Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles.


On the opera stage his roles include Claudio Agrippina (Cambridge Handel Opera), Polyphemus Acis and Galatea (cover for Iford Arts/Early Opera Company), Fasolt Das Rheingold and Hunding Die Walküre (Fulham Opera), Arkel Pelléas et Mélisande (Grimeborn Festival/Bury Court Opera), Don Alfonso Così fan tutte (Opera Lyrica), Superintendent Budd Albert Herring (Britten-Pears Programme) and Immigration Officer Flight (British Youth Opera). Following his success in the 2012 Bayreuth Bursary Competition, in which he was awarded the runner-up prize, he covered the role of Fasolt in Longborough Festival Opera’s complete Ring Cycle. His performances in 2015-16 include Father Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, a version of Purcell’s Fairy Queen for babies with the group Musical Rumpus, and a new opera by Michael Betteridge, Thousand Furs, in which he both sang and played the trombone.


Oliver appears regularly as an oratorio soloist, in works including Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Passions and the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré and Verdi. A committed recitalist, recent performances include songs by Schubert, Brahms and Richard Rodney Bennett for the Walbrook Music Trust.  He has sung in a concert series of the complete Fauré songs with Graham Johnson, and performed with David Owen Norris’s group The Works. For eleven years he was a member of vocal ensemble Stile Antico, recording seven albums for Harmonia Mundi which gained a Gramophone Award and two nominations for the Grammys, and touring with Sting as part of his Dowland lute song project Songs from the Labyrinth.

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Oliver Hunt      Bass