After reading Biology at Magdalen College, Oxford, Giles Underwood attended the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he won prizes for English and Contemporary song and was generously supported by the Foyle Foundation. He studied then, as now, with Susan McCulloch.
Operatic roles include; Don Giovanni, Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), Conte Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia), Marcello (la Bohème), Sykos (Comedy on the Bridge), Claudio (Béatrice et Bénédict), Aeneas & Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas).
As a soloist, he has sung with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE), the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BT Scottish Ensemble, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM).
He has performed in recital in London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room and, most recently, with Julius Drake in the 2008 Temple Festival. Last year he sang Aeneas opposite Sarah Connolly’s Dido in Tim Carroll’s puppet production of Dido and Aeneas in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the OAE.
Projects for this year have included concerts in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester with AAM, Dido and Aeneas on tour in Belgium, Holland, Korea, Libya and Cyprus with Richard Egarr, and Messiah in China.
Future engagements include a new Requiem by Judith Bingham with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Leeds Town Hall in November, and his Royal Albert Hall debut in December singing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. He performs Aeneas again at the Bodensee Festival in Germany in May 2009 and in the same month visits Istanbul for the first time, singing Messiah.