One of the most exciting British singers in recent years, baritone Huw Montague Rendall has already appeared on some of the world’s most important stages, including the Salzburg Festival, Zurich Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Komische Oper Berlin and Glyndebourne Festival. Still only in his twenties, his feature engagements include leading roles at Royal Opera House, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera National de Paris and Bayerische Staatsoper.
This season Montague Rendall embarks on a series of exciting debuts, such as the title role of Pelleas Pelléas et Mélisande at Opéra de Rouen Normandie, a company debut with Bayerische Staatsoper as the Harlequin Ariadne Auf Naxos, and Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte in his return to Glyndebourne - where he made his operatic debut in 2016. Furthermore, he joins March Albrecht and Filarmonica della Scala for a performance of Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen on the stage of Teatro alla Scala Milan.
His 2019/20 highlights included his first Conte Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro at Opéra National de Lorraine and Ned Keene Peter Grimes at the Enescu Festival. On the concert platform he returned to Salzburg Festival to perform in the “Mozart Matinee” series with Raphaël Pichon, as well as appearing at the Cadogan Hall with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, and in recital with Hélio Vida in Nancy. He was also invited as Marcello La bohème at Komische Oper and as Tsarevich Afron in a new production of The Golden Cockerel at Festival d’Aix-en- Provence.
Further engagements include Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Schaunard La bohème at Opernhaus Zürich, Marcello in Barrie Kosky’s new production of La bohème at Komische Oper, and Prince of Mantua Fantasio at Garsington Opera. On the concert platform he performed Mendelssohn’s Die Erste Walpurgisnacht with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Duruflé Requiem with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra as well as many concerts in the UK, ranging from solo song recitals to sacred works by Brahms, Handel, Stainer, Fauré, Finzi and Vaughan Williams.
An alumnus 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.
During his two seasons in the International Opera Studio in Zürich, his roles included Nardo La finta giardiniera, Papageno (cover) Die Zauberflöte, Nazarener Salome and Yamadori in a new production of Madama Butterfly. Ramiro L’Heure Espagnole, Deputato Don Carlo, and Foreman 3 Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District. 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.
Schaunard La bohème
Marcello La bohème
Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Prince of Mantua Fantasio
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."