Currently a member of the International Opera Studio Zürich, rising young baritone Huw Montague Rendall hails from the south coast of England. A recent graduate of the Royal College of Music, Montague Rendall trained under the tutorage of Russell Smythe, having previously studied under David Rendall and Philip Doghan. In summer 2016 Montague Rendall was as a Jerwood Young Artist with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where he sang the role of Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia for which he was also awarded the much coveted John Christie Award 2016. The following summer he joined the prestigious Young Artist Programme at the Salzburg Festspiele where he made his debut in the role of Second Apprentice Wozzeck.
In 17/18 season Montague Rendall makes his role and house debut as Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence alongside Lise Davidsen and Eric Cutler and performs Duruflé’s Requiem with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. Looking further ahead he makes debuts in leading roles with Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Komische Oper Berlin and Garsington Opera. In Zürich his roles include Nardo La finta giardiniera, Papageno (cover) Die Zauberflöte, Nazarener Salome and Yamadori in a new production of Madama Butterfly.
Last season the audiences in Zürich could hear him as Ramiro L’Heure Espagnole, Deputati Don Carlo, and Foreman 3 Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District. Last summer he also joined the prestigious Young Artist Programme at the Salzburg Festspiele where he made his debut in the role of Second Apprentice Wozzeck.
Other operatic appearances include his debut with Garsington Opera in Death in Venice, the title role Le Nozze di Figaro; Archibald Grosvenor Patience by Sullivan; Aeneas Dido and Aeneas, Dr Falke Die Fledermaus and Bartley Riders to the Sea with British Youth Opera.
On the concert platform he has performed many concerts around the UK ranging from solo song recitals to sacred works by Brahms, Handel, Stainer, Fauré, Finzi and Vaughan Williams. Appearances include Orphée aux enfers with Opera Danube at St John’s Smith Square; a recital at the Oxford Lieder Festival; and concerts featuring Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis and Missa Sancti Nicolai.
Montague Rendall has participated in master classes with Ann Murray, Sir John Tomlinson, Claire Rutter, Simon Keenlyside, Roger Vignoles and most recently Susan Bullock and Sarah Connolly.
Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos
Nardo La finta giardiniera
Yamadori Madama Butterfly
Malatesta Don Pasquale*
Belcore L'Elisir d’Amore*
Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro*
Guglielmo Così fan tutte*
Papageno Die Zauberflöte
Ramiro L'Heure espagnole
Figaro*/Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia
Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos
Dr Falke Die Fledermaus
Christus St John Passion
Songs of the Sea
Vocally, the evening was in good hands, starting from Huw Montague Rendall’s Fiorello, who, in his Proms debut, showed an exciting stage presence and honeyed baritone that demonstrated that he is a Figaro to watch for in the future.
Huw Montague Rendall was a consummately suave, personable Falke, his singing and acting equally authoritative, and he was light on his feet in all the banter.