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Niall Hoskin Baritone, translator

Biography

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 and a small but vocal Jack Russell called Dimple. 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 by running 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 Macbeth Verdi,Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana Mascagni, and Sharpless in Madame Butterfly Puccini.

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.

Future plans include Saul Handel and a fresh look at Schumann's Dichterliebe, as well as more appearances as Grandma and Wolf in Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl with music by Paul Patterson and Martin Butler

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