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Ted Black


Born and raised in London, lyric tenor Ted Black is currently in his second year of postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music, under the tutelage of Alison Wells. At the RCM, he is the Sir Gordon Palmer scholar, and is further supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Before his studies in London, Ted previously graduated with first class honours from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Ted’s operatic roles have included Cecco (Il Mondo della Luna – RCM), Junge Seeman (Tristan und Isolde – Saffron Opera) and Hylas (Les Troyens), as well as Gérald (Lakmé) and Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) in opera scenes. Highlights of his extensive concert work include Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at the Edinburgh International Festival, with Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, and Vaughan-Williams’ 3rd Symphony with John Wilson (RCM).

A keen interpreter of art song, Ted gives recitals up and down the country. A finalist at last year’s Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, he looks forward to embarking on a recital tour in March 2020 of works by female composers in collaboration with pianist Rachel Fright, to celebrate International Women’s Day

Ted has enjoyed successes in numerous competitions, recently winning first place in the 2019 Lies Askonas Competition, and was highly commended in the 2018 London Art Song Competition. While studying in Glasgow, he won the Governors’ Recital Prizes for both singing and chamber music, the Florence Veitch Ibler Oratorio Prize, and the Jean Highgate Scholarship for Singing. He was also awarded second place in the inaugural Leonie Kayser Prize for Singing, and represented the RCS at the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Competition in 2015.

Future engagements include Child of Our Time at Chichester Cathedral, and the semi-finals of the Grange Festival International Singing Competition.

Last updated: Sep 2019