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Joe Bolger, Counter-Tenor

Joseph Bolger is a countertenor, teacher, and musicologist based in Peterborough. In opera and concert he has worked for companies including Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Music Theatre Wales, New Chamber Opera, Armonico Consort, Ensemble Serse, and Size Zero Opera. Recent appearances include Ormonte Handel L’Elpidia with Opera Settecento at the London Handel Festival, and Prince Edward Arne The Masque of Alfred with Doha Baroque Ensemble in Qatar, as well as the Rector’s Clerk in the world premiere concert and recording of John Joubert’s opera Jane Eyre with the English Symphony Orchestra.

In the world of song Joseph forms one half of Duo Seraphim with lutenist Richard MacKenzie. Together they present impassioned performances of music from composers as diverse as John Dowland and David Bowie, and have appeared at the Brighton Early Music Festival and the Lake District Summer Music Festival.

Joseph graduated with a first-class degree in music from Pembroke College Oxford before going on to study at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. When not performing, Joseph is a Senior Lecturer in Classical Voice at Leeds College of Music. He also undertakes PhD research at King’s College London into the singing of early music.

March 2017

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