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Jonathan Best makes his Handel and Haydn Society debut with Purcell The Indian Queen. Best studied at St John’s College‚ Cambridge, and the Guildhall School of Music, London. Most recent and future engagements include Sarastro, The Magic Flute, and Le Bailli, Werther (Scottish Opera); Judge, Sweeney Todd (Châtelet, Paris, and Munich Rundfunkorchester); title role, Saul‚ Zebul, Jephtha, and Notary, Intermezzo (Buxton Festival, UK); Lord Henry, The Picture of Dorian Gray (Norway), Saul with the Sixteen; Quince, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Speaker, The Magic Flute (Garsington, UK), The Portrait and Achilla, Giulio Cesare (Opera North); Pastor Oberlin, Jakob Lenz and Bartolo (English National Opera); The Adventures of Mr. Broucek (ON and Scottish Opera); Arthur, The Lighthouse‚ The Soldier’s Tale, and the world premiere of The Sins (Psappha).
Regular engagements abroad include appearances in Strasbourg, Barcelona, the Salzburg Festival‚ Maggio Musicale-Florence, la Monnaie, Netherlands Opera, and Brooklyn Academy of Music‚ New York.
Best appears regularly in concert throughout the UK and abroad and has made many recordings for television and radio. Appearances include Uberto, La Serva Padrona (Gabrieli Consort); Mozart’s Requiem (Harrogate and Cork); Verdi’s Requiem and Christus, St. John Passion (Bach Choir); Jesus, St. Matthew Passion (Sheffield); and L’enfance du Christ with BOCO.