About Operatico – Male Opera Group
Operatico is London’s answer to Il Divo, a sensational male opera group made up of four charming and very talented opera singers, performing pop to opera classics. Collectively these male opera singers have trained at some of the leading music conservatoires in the world. Operatico was formed in 2016, following in the foots of the three tenors. Together Operatico have already been seen at Proms On The Roof, Kensington Roof Gardens, Award Ceremonies and exclusive parties and weddings across Europe. When Operatico are not touring they are available to hire for exclusive parties, weddings and corporate events. With a strong creative team behind them Operatico are able to tailor their act for any event or audience.
Tom – Tenor – Opera Singer
Studied for his bachelors at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in 2009 completed his masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music Opera School gaining a distinction. Whilst at the Royal Academy he was a finalist in Richard Lewis, Pavarotti and Blyth Busset competitions. Since graduating roles have included: Don Jose – Carmen, Naraboth – Salome, Tamino – Magic Flute, Pinkerton – Madame Butterfly and Stuermann – Flying Dutchmann. In concert Tom has sung throughout europe and beyond highlights include The Chinese New Year concert in Bangkok with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and the 10th aniversary celebrations for the Moscow Bear handball team. Aside from singing Tom has in stage combat with BADC and apeared in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation.
Jamie – Baritone – Opera Singer
In 2016, Jamie will be performing with English Touring Opera, Opera North and Opera de Baugé. His opera roles include Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro, Masetto in Don Giovanni (Regent’s Opera), Leporello Don Giovanni (ETO – cover), Sid Albert Herring, Papageno The Magic Flute (Wexford Festival Opera), Schaunard La Boheme, Dancaire Carmen (Opera-Up-Close), Tarquinius Rape of Lucretia, Bartly Riders to the Sea, Chao Sun A Night at the Chinese Opera, Szlachcic in the Polish opera Maria (Wexford) and General Belliard in the world premiere of the original version of Prokofiev’s epic masterpiece War and Peace (RSAMD – Scottish Opera).
He began his studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under Irene Sandford MBE and Kathleen Tynan, working closely with Dr Albert Bradshaw, Dearbhla Collins, Deborah Kelleher and Alison Young. After becoming a multi prize-winner at the Dublin Feis Ceoil (including the Count John McCormack Cup), Jamie moved to London in 2007 to study at the Royal Academy of Music under Mark Wildman and vocal coach Ingrid Surgenor, completing his studies at the Alexander Gibson Opera School with Stephen Robertson at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in 2011. During his studies Jamie was chosen to work with some the worlds leading singers and pianists including: Thomas Allen, Teresa Berganza, Jorge Chamine, Brenda Hurley, Ann Murray, Marie McLaughlin, Robert Tear, Dennis O’Neill (Wexford Festival Opera), Sarah Walker (Oxford Lieder) Elly Ameling (Leeds Lieder+) and Graham Johnson (Young Songmakers Almanac). He is an alumnus of the OTC Young Artist Programme (Dublin) and Josephine Baker Trust.
James – Baritone – Opera Singer
High baritone James Schouten trained originally as a violinist with a keen interest in rock and jazz. Looking to forward a career in the industry James swiftly changed his focus to work primarily as a classical singer after beginning his studies with Nan Christie at Goldsmiths. Outside of opera, he is involved with several rock, contemporary and cross-over projects as orchestrator, musical director and performer. On the opera circuit, James has performed in roles such as: Schaunard La Boheme(Opera Gold, 2011), Demetrius A Midsummer Nights’ Dream (Opera Gold, 2013), Angelotti Tosca(Surrey Opera, 2014), Harlekin Ariadne auf Naxos(Queen’s Opera, 2014), Papageno Die Zauberflote(Woodhouse Opera, 2014), Escamillo Carmen(Barefoot Opera, 2014), Figaro Le nozze di Figaro(Opera UpClose, 2014), Don Giovanni Don Giovanni(Opus Opera, 2015), Marcello La Boheme (Dulwich Opera Company, 2015), Eisenstein Die Fledermaus(Opera Gold, 2015), Silvio Pagliacci (Hampstead Garden Opera, 2016) and Bartolo Il barbiere di siviglia (Pop-Up Opera, 2016).