Luke Sinclair  Tenor
 
  BIOGRAPHY  

 

Described as possessing a ‘Ringingly heroic tenor’ (Music and Vision Magazine) which is both ‘Masculine and musical’ (Opera Magazine), Luke was born in London and completed his studies at the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Scott Johnson. He was a member of the Opera Studio at the Opéra National de Lyon in the 2017/18 season and is currently a Solo Ensemble member at the Salzburg Landestheater.

Recently Luke has appeared in the Title role in Faust, as Macduff Macbeth in Salzburg's Felsenreitschule, as Tamino Die Zauberflöte, Prince Charming in Alma Deutscher's Cinderella and Captain Stone Die Blume von Hawaii (Salzburg Landestheater), Duca Rigoletto, Le Prince Charmant Cendrillon, Jacquino Fidelio, Steuermann Der Fliegende Holländer, Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor (Theater Ulm), Zamoro in Verdi's Alzira and High Priest Idomeneo (Buxton International Festival), the title role in the UK premiere of Gounod's Polyeucte (UC Opera), Kuli Der Kreidekreis (Opéra National de Lyon), Mephistopheles The Fiery Angel and Alfredo La Traviata (Unwrapped) for Scottish Opera, The Nameless Singer in the British Premiere of Hans Gal's Das Lied der Nacht (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh), Malcolm Macbeth (Buxton International Festival), Sali (Romeo) in Delius' A Village Romeo and Juliet (Cadogan Hall), Gérald Lakmé (Swansea City Opera), Rodolfo La Bohème (Dresden, Glasgow and Edinburgh) and Chevalier de la Force Dialogues des carmélites (Scottish Ballet).

He has also been engaged in a number of high profile Oratorio and Concert performances including a highly acclaimed Winterreise in Hans Zender's Orchestral arrangement at the Theater Ulm, Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius at Glasgow's City Halls with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Verdi's Requiem at the Dartington Festival, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (Mahler Players - Eden Court, Inverness), as an Apostle in Elgar's The Apostles (Edinburgh Festival - Usher Hall), Puccini's Messa di Gloria at Perth Concert Hall, Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Aberdeen Symphony Orchestra, Rossini’s Stabat Mater at Ayr Town Hall, Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the Royal Hall, Harrogate and Handel’s Messiah at Perth Cathedral.

Luke was a major prize-winner at the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg International Singing Competition and sang the tenor lead ‘Julian’ in the World Premiere of Marc Aurel-Floros' Adriana at the International Opera Festival in Rheinsberg, Germany to excellent International reviews.

He was also a Bayreuth Festival Scholarship holder and performed in a masterclass with acclaimed Wagnerian Bass Günther Groissböck in Haus Wahnfried, Bayreuth in 2020.

In the 2021/2022 season, Luke appears in a number of exciting roles, new and old. He sings Don José in a new production of Carmen directed by Jacopo Spirei for Salzburg Landestheater, Macduff in Verdi's Macbeth in Salzburg's famous Felsenreitschule, both the Tanzmeister and Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos as well as returning to both Tamino Die Zauberflöte and Prince Charming in Alma Deutscher's Cinderella.

He also looks forward to his Swiss debut as Herodes in Strauss' Salome in a concert performance at Theatre of Le Bâtiment des Forces motrices in Geneva.

 

 
 
 
REVIEWS
 
Landestheater Salzburg - Faust - FAUST
In the title role, as Faust, the young English tenor Luke Sinclair conquered the audience with an unpretentious appearance, great musicality, round baritonal middle range and uninterrupted, subtly metallic and indeed radiant heights.
Gottfried Franz Kasparek Drehpunktkultur
Luke Sinclair as the beautiful and baritonally timbred title hero can be heard with soft lyricism, fine phrasing and effortless highs.
Dr. Helmut Christian Mayer – Opera Online
UC Opera - Polyeucte - POLEUCETE
Polyeucte is a role that lies in Brian Hymel territory and Luke Sinclair impressively met its demands for both lyricism and fearlessly pinging top notes.
Opera Magazine – Yehudo Shapiro
Opera Scotland - Les Mamelles de Tirésias – LE MARI
Luke Sinclair scored something of a triumph. He sang beautifully from start to finish, acted with style, had no problems with his French diction - including some treacherous snatches of dialogue - and looked cheerfully grotesque in drag.
Opera Scottland
Swansea City Opera - Lakmé - GERALD
As Gérald, Sinclair’s rounded tenor is first class, outstandingly so in his solo arias and duets with Barbu (Lakmé).
Barbara Michaels, Opera & Classical Review, Wales
There are first-class vocal performances in the three key parts...Luke Sinclair's Gerald is splendidly forthright dramatically as well as vocally.
Ron Simpson, The Reviews Hub
Luke Sinclair as Gerald gave a convincing portrayal of a man smitten by love and torn by duty. His strong and accurate singing throughout aptly portrayed his anguish and his love.
Jonathan Denny, The Keswick Reminder
Buxton Festival - POLYEUCTE
'Polyeucte is a role that lies in Brian Hymel territory. Luke Sinclair, who is currently a member of the studio at the Opéra National de Lyon, impressively met its demands for both lyricism and fearlessly pinging top notes.'
Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine
Scottish Opera – The Fiery Angel MEPHISTHOPELES
"Mephistopheles, wonderfully sung by Luke Sinclair"
Catriona Graham, The Opera Critic
"Luke Sinclair made a very strong impression, relishing a frighteningly comic or comically frightening reading of Mephistopheles. He sang strongly and had great fun on his return from supposedly eating the waiter, gleefully licking the silver salver as though Salome were being played for laughs."
Opera Scotland
"An oily, sly Mephistopheles from Luke Sinclair."
David Kettle, The Daily Telegraph
"As welcome light relief, Luke Sinclair’s playful Mephistopheles, in a grey suit with scarlet tie and socks, wandered in for a drink playing cannibalistic games with a boy, Sinclair slyly grinning as he licked up the last remains on a meat tray with enthusiastic relish."
David Smythe, Bachtrack
Swansea City Opera - Macbeth - MALCOLM
"The impressive Luke Sinclair whose warm tone is ideal for the noble Malcolm"
Hervé König, Anaclase (French)
"Luke Sinclair is a ringingly heroic Malcolm"
Mike Wheeler, Music and Vision Magazine
"Having Malcolm in full battle regalia singing from a balcony box high up in the Opera House auditorium was a production whim that came off.....Luke Sinclair made a splendid Malcolm in his ‘bird nest’!"
Bernard Lee, Bernard Lee Music
"Luke Sinclair’s portrayal of a noble Malcolm at the end came over beautifully from a box high up on one side of the auditorium."
Mark Ronan
"It was an imaginative idea to have Luke Sinclair's Malcolm sung from a box and he gave a strong performance"
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill
New Sussex Opera - Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe - SALI
"Sinclair is quite a find, a young tenor who combines a commandingly tall physique with an admirably secure tenor voice. His voice is also rather robust which brought a sense of vigour and action to Delius' vocal line......Sinclair gave us strong personality, commitment and a fine sense of energy and stamina (it is a pretty big sing)."
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill
"The endearing Luke Sinclair makes a healthy sound as Sali-Romeo" Rupert Christiansen"
The Telegraph
"Tenor Luke Sinclair was buoyant and managed the high tessitura well, conveying Sali’s irrepressible impetuousness"
Claire Seymour, Opera Today
"As Sali, Luke Sinclair's ardour had a Pelleas-like directness. There is an edge and mobility to his tenor that would work well in Janacek, and he looked suitably innocent."
Peter Reed, Opera Magazine
"Luke Sinclair sings Sali with a sense of style and frequent lyrical beauty"
Brian Hick , Lark Reviews
"Tenor Luke Sinclair gave a sympathetic performance as Sali"
Alan Sanders , Seen and Heard International
Swansea City Opera - Lakmé - GERALD
"As Gérald, Sinclair’s rounded tenor is first class, outstandingly so in his solo arias and duets with Barbu (Lakmé)."
Barbara Michaels, Opera and Classical Review, Wales
"There are first-class vocal performances in the three key parts...Luke Sinclair's Gerald is splendidly forthright dramatically as well as vocally."
Ron Simpson, The Reviews Hub
"Luke Sinclair as Gerald gave a convincing portrayal of a man smitten by love and torn by duty. His strong and accurate singing throughout aptly portrayed his anguish and his love."
Jonathan Denny, The Keswick Reminder
 
 
 
SZENENFOTOS
Theater Ulm – Fidelio – JAQUINO
(Photo: Jochen Klenk)