Bass-baritone Frederick Long has forged a richly diverse career, garnering acclaim in repertoire from Bach to Bernstein. Noted for the musicality of his performances, alongside vivid stagecraft, he is establishing himself as one of Britain’s most exciting and versatile young singers.
Frederick received a first-class degree in music from the University of Bristol, a DipRAM from the Royal Academy of Music (where he was recently made an associate), and furthered his training at the National Opera Studio.
Recent highlights include Messiah with the Irish Baroque Orchestra at Wigmore Hall and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in his debuts at La Scala and the Palace of Versailles under John Eliot Gardiner.
Since making his debut at Glyndebourne as the Lackey (Ariadne auf Naxos) and covering the title role in Saul, he has gone on to work at all the major opera houses in the UK including ENO, WNO, Opera Holland Park, Opera North and the Royal Opera, performing and covering a range of roles including Mozart’s Figaro and Papageno, Schaunard (La bohème), Lieutenant Ratcliffe (Billy Budd), Sam (Ballo in Maschera). Recent performances for English Touring Opera as the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Jesus in Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte received widespread critical praise.
Equally at home in contemporary repertoire, he performed Medeiros (The Yellow Sofa) for Glyndebourne on Tour, Leporello (Giovanni) for Silent Opera (a digital reimagining of the original), and covered Janitor in Tansy Davies’ Between Worlds for ENO. With Royal Academy Opera he created the role of Willi Graf in the world premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen!
Frederick is in demand on the concert platform at home and abroad. Highlights include St Matthew Passion at the York Early Music Festival, Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music, Haydn’s Creation with the London Mozart Players, and romantic works including Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Bristol Choral Society), Elgar’s The Kingdom (Leith Hill Music Festival) and the Verdi Requiem (English Festival Orchestra) at the Royal Albert Hall.
He has also performed with some of the UK’s leading solo-voice ensembles including I Fagiolini and Solomon’s Knot.
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