Niall Hoskin Baritone, translator


Niall began singing at Sherborne School and appeared in Dorset Opera’s first productions. He then went to Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar, read Modern Languages, and began singing as a soloist. There followed ten years teaching in Wakefield, singing in choirs and smaller ensembles and performing widely in oratorio. He now lives just outside Bristol with his wife Judith. He recently relinquished the day job of teaching French and German and is active as a singer with a varied solo schedule. He is building a reputation as a freelance translator: his version of the Mozart/Strauss Idomeneo was performed at the Buxton Festival. He relaxes with the odd pint and the occasional half (-marathon!).

Opera has included title roles in Orfeo Monteverdi, Don Giovanni Mozart, Macbeth Verdi, The Flying Dutchman Wagner, Gianni Schicchi Puccini and Falstaff in operas by Nicolai, Verdi and Vaughan Williams. He also sang Pilgrim in a concert performance of Pilgrim’s Progress Vaughan Williams and created roles in two operas by Eric Wetherell. Last year he sang the title role in Rigoletto Verdi.

Concert highlights have included Dream of Gerontius, Apostles , The Kingdom and Caractacus Elgar, St Paul and Elijah Mendelssohn, the Bach Passions, Creation and Seasons Haydn and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer and Eighth Symphony. In the Ellington centenary year, Niall appeared with the Stan Tracey Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, in the Three Choirs Festival and on Radio Three in performances of Music from the Sacred Concerts.

Niall’s song recital work has encompassed repertoire in English, French, German and Russian. He has performed Schubert and Schumann cycles, as well as works by composers as diverse as Shostakovich, Moeran, Duparc and Finzi. He sang for Raymond Warren's 90th birthday concert at Bristol University in early November 2018.

Future plans include more appearances as Grandma and Wolf in Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl with music by Paul Patterson and Martin Butler. Opera appearances this year: The Count (aka Inspector) in La Sonnambula Bellini; Don Alfonso in a ten-date summer tour of Cosi fan Tutte Mozart; and Alberich in Tarnhelm Opera's groundbreaking production of Das Rheingold Wagner.

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