Since his critically acclaimed portrayal of Billy Budd in Michael Grandage’s production for Glyndebourne, South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo has performed at many of the most prestigious opera houses throughout the world, collaborating with conductors, directors and orchestras of the highest calibre.
Highlights this season for Imbrailo include house debuts at the Teatro Real, Madrid performing the title role Billy Budd in a new production by Deborah Warner, Pelleas Pelléas et Mélisande at the Shanghai Grand Theatre, and Zurga The Pearl Fishers for English National Opera. Imbrailo will also make his debut for Den Jysnke Opera and return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera and, in future seasons, returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Recent operatic engagements include Pelléas Pelléas et Mélisande for Zurich Opera House, the Royal Swedish Opera, Welsh National Opera and Essen Opera, Messner in the world premiere of Jimmy López Bel Canto at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and title role Don Giovanni for Perm Opera with Teodor Currentzis and at Cadogan Hall with Classical Opera, Valentin in Gounod’s Faust in Baden-Baden, the title role Don Giovanni for Scottish Opera, Guglielmo Così fan tutte for Houston Grand Opera, Papageno Die Zauberflöte for Welsh National Opera, and Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia in Florence and Houston.
On the concert platform, recent appearances include Jesus The Apostles at the Edinburgh International Festival and Edward Gardner, Christ The Apostles with the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder at the BBC Proms, Beethoven Symphony No.9 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Britten War Requiem at Teatro Real, Madrid, and Carmina Burana with the New York Philharmonic under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Imbrailo has given solo recitals at Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square and the Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and performed at Verbier Festival, the Royal Albert Hall and Southbank Centre.
A former member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Imbrailo also studied at the Royal College of Music and in 2007 was awarded the Audience Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Whilst on the Jette Parker Programme, roles included the title role of Owen Wingrave, Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Morales Carmen, and Marullo Rigoletto.