Ian as a DRAMATIC CHARACTER TENOR

He originally trained at Royal Holloway and The Royal College of Music. He then went on to The Knack at the ENO in 2000/01 and subsequently at Birkbeck University. Whilst at ENO he created the role of Rev Joshua Grippe in On Thee We Feed by Richard Chew and Rufus Norris.

Ian currently studies with Arwel Treharne Morgan having previously studied with Mary King. He receives coaching from Liz Rowe and Kelvin Limb.

Ian has appeared at ENO, Opera Holland Park, The Round House, Royal Albert Hall, The Lyric Theatre, The Bloomsbury, The Warehouse, Rome (Italy) and many venues both in the UK and abroad. Companies he has worked with include: ENO, Opera Holland Park, Unexpected Opera, Midsummer Opera, Telltale Opera, Opera North, Open Door Opera, Fulham Opera, Teatro National Madrid to name but a few.

Recent roles include: Nick (Fanciulla Del West), Spoletta (Tosca), Venditore (I gioelli della Madonna) Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Sorceress (Dido and Anaeas), Mime (Das Rheingold), Mime (Siegfried), Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi) and Trojan (Idomeneo).

Ian has appeared in a myriad of operas as chorus soloist including La Forza del Destino, Francesca Da Rimini, Pique Dame, Jenufa, La Traviata, Roberto Deveraux, Rigoletto, Don Pasquale, L’amico Fritz, La Wally and Macbeth, to mention but a few. He has also been an Opera Holland Park Company Member since 2002.

Ian’s oratorio roles include: Carmina Burana (Baritone and Tenor Soloist), Mozart Coronation Mass and Mass in C Minor, Faure Requiem (Baritone) and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Verdi Requiem, Haydn’s Creation.

Ian has also worked as assistant director, for Susan Stacey’s London Opera Vocal at the National Opera Studio, on staged scenes, which include Die Walküre, The Beggars Opera, Manon, Albert Herring and Carmen.

Ian created the role of Operatic Tenor in Benjamin Till’s Pepys Motet, which was recorded in October 2010 and performed in a concert version in November 2010. The piece was featured together with Benjamin Till on Radio 3.

Ian regularly works with singers mainly in the fields of musical theatre and pop specialising in voice safety, health and cross over. He regularly works as a vocal consultant with various professionals in the music pop industry.

Film Credits include: Turandot Chorus Tenor in Mission Impossible 5. TV credits include the premiere of “Children In Need, The Musical” and he sang in the ensemble for Jonathan Dove’s TV Opera Death of a Princess (when she died).

Recordings include: Idomeneo, Fidelio and Fanciulla Del West for Midsummer Opera, Pepys Motet, Someone Whistled, Children In Need The Musical (Benjamin Till).

Future projects include: Opera Holland Park Season 2016, The Prune Seller – La Boheme and a recording of an Ivor Novello Album.

Ian’s OPERA ROLES

Date Role Opera Company
Dec 14 Witch Alegria Scenes (Hansel & Gretel) Opera Alegria
Summer 14 Chorus Tenor Oepra Holland Park 2014 Season Opera Holland Park
Mar-14 Nick La Fanciulla del West – Puccini Midsummer Opera (St John’s Waterloo)
Feb-14 Mime Das Rheingold – Wagner Fulham Opera
2013 Tenor Soloist Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi Opera Alegria
2013 Venditore I gioelli della Madonna – Wolf-Ferrari Opera Holland Park
2013 Tenor Soloist The Ceation – Haydn South Chiltern Choral Society
2013 Spoletta Tosca- Puccini Philharmonia Britannica, c. Peter Fender
2013 Mime (cover) Siegfried – Wagner Fulham Opera
2013 Jaquino Fidelio – Beethoven Midsummer Opera (St John’s Waterloo)
2012 Mime Das Rheingold – Wagner Wagner Society (London Welsh Centre)
2012 Arturo (in concert) Lucia di Lammermoor – Donizetti Richmond Choral Society
2012 Gherardo Gianni Schicchi – Puccini Fulham Opera
2011 Sorcerer Dido and Aeneas – Purcell Concert tour – venues across Southern Spain
2011 Witch Hansel and Gretel – Humperdinck Open Door Opera
2011 Trojan Idomeneo – Mozart Midsummer Opera (Waterloo & Catford)
2011 Mime Das Rheingold – Wagner Fulham Opera

Ian’s CHORUS OPERA APPEARANCES

Ian has performed in the following operas as a chorus member:

La Boheme – Puccini

Iris – Mascagni

Lakmé – Delibes

Aida – Verdi

Turandot – Puccini

Norma -Vincenzo Bellini

Adriana Lecouveur – Francesco Cilea
Cavalleria rusticana – Pietro Mascagni
Pagliacci – Rugerro Leoncavallo

Madama Butterfly – Giacomo Puccini

Les pêcheurs de perles – Georges Bizet

L’elisir d’amore – Gaetano Donizetti

I gioielli della Madonna – Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari

Lucia di Lammermoor – Gaetano Donizetti
Cosi fan tutte – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Zanetto – Pietro Mascagni

Yevgeny Onegin – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Falstaff – Giuseppe Verdi

Don Pasquale – Gaetano Donizetti
Aida – Giuseppe Verdi

L’amico Fritz – Pietro Mascagni

Le nozze di Figaro – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Rigoletto – Giuseppe Verdi

La Wally – Alfredo Catalani

Pelléas et Mélisande – Claude Debussy
Carmen – Georges Bizet

Don Giovanni – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Fidelio – Ludwig Van Beethoven

La forza del destino – Giuseppe Verdi

Francesca da Rimini – Riccardo Zandonai

Roberto Devereux – Gaetano Donizetti
La bohème – Giacomo Puccini

Orpheus in the Underworld – Jacques Offenbach

Un ballo in maschera – Giuseppe Verdi

Kát’a Kabanová – Leoš Janáček

Il trovatore – Giuseppe Verdi
The Magic Flute – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Tosca – Giacomo Puccini
La Gioconda – Amilcare Ponchielli
Iolanta  – Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Nabucco – Giuseppe Verdi
Jenůfa – Leos Janáček
La traviata – Giuseppe Verdi
L’amore dei tre Re – Italo Montemezzi

The Merry Widow – Franz Lehár
The Queen of Spades – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Macbeth – Giuseppe Verdi
La Sonnambula – Vincenzo Bellini
Andrea Chenier – Umberto Giordano

La fanciulla del west – Giacomo Puccini
Luisa Miller – Giuseppe Verdi

L’Arlesiana – Francesco Cilea
Stiffelio – Giuseppe Verdi

Les pêcheurs de perles – Georges Bizet
Suor Angelica – Giacomo Puccini

St John’s Passion (Staged) – Johann Sebastian Bach

© IAN MASSA-HARRIS