Welsh tenor, William Branston, is currently studying at the International Opera Academy in Gent, Belgium. In 2018 he graduated with a distinction from the MMus postgraduate vocal course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. His teachers and coaches include Lynton Atkinson, Anna Tilbrook, Dietrich Henschel, Sabrina Avantario and Muriel Corradini. Recent performances include Don José in Tragedie/Carmen (Bizet), Rodolfo in La bohème (Puccini), Tebaldo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Bellini), Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia (Britten) with Trinity Laban Opera, premiering the role of Gehazi in Stephen McNeff’s The Burning Boy with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Lucano/Liberto in L’incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) with Hampstead Garden Opera.
With Trinity Laban Postgraduate Opera Scenes he has performed the roles of Essex in Gloriana, Albert in Albert Herring, Quint in Turn of the Screw (Britten) and Paolino in Il Matrimonio Segreto (Cimarosa). Other recent performances include Britten’s St Nicholas with the Ludlow Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with Chipping Campden Festival Chorus and Handel’s Messiah with The Waynflete Singers at Winchester Cathedral. Alongside his studies William was also elected Vice-President of Music on the Trinity Laban Students’ Union for 2017-18.
He is very grateful to have received scholarships from Help Musicians UK and the Drapers’ De Turckheim Scholarship which helped him fund his studies in 2018.
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Liberto – the messenger demanding Seneca’s suicide – may have only a single, shining Montiverdian instant, but William Branston’s generous tenor made the most of it.
– Christopher Webber, Opera Magazine
We are further treated to a superb Lucano (as well as Liberto and Littore) from William Branston, whose voice and acting alike are utterly compelling: his “Mori felice” was hugely affecting.
– Charlotte Valori, Bachtrack
…with formidable voice and matching passion [was] tenor William Branston as Tebaldo.
– Trevor Howell, Henley Standard
Corin is admirably served by the clean lines of William Branston’s tenor.
– Ron Simpson, The Reviews Hub
International Opera Academy, Gent. 2020-2021
MMus, Performance, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London. 2016–2018
BMus, Music, Royal Holloway, University of London. 2006-2009
ABRSM Grade 8 Piano and Voice