British bass Callum Thorpe initially obtained a PhD in immunology before focussing on his vocal studies at the Royal Academy of Music. From 2017 to 2021 he was a member of the solo ensemble at the Bavarian State Opera, where his roles included Banco in Verdi’s Macbeth, Pistola in Verdi’s Falstaff, Il re d’Egitto in Verdi’s Aida, Colline in Puccini’s La bohème, Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen, Farfallo in Strauss’s Die schweigsame Frau, Truffaldin Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. This season’s highlights include Rocco in Beethoven Fidelio (Glyndebourne Tour) and Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto (Opera North). This season’s concerts include Bach’s Mass in B Minor under Giedrė Šlekytė at Tyrolean Festspiele Erl, Handel’s La resurrezione at London Handel Festival with Laurence Cummings and a return visit to the Edinburgh International Festival. Other roles have included Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Banco in Verdi’s Macbeth (Theater Basel), Commendatore and Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Royal Opera of Versailles with Marc Minkowski), Antinoo and Il Tempo in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Théâtre des Champs Elysées under Emmanuelle Haïm), Masetto in Don Giovanni (Glyndebourne on Tour and Garsington Opera), Lieutenant Radcliffe in Britten’s Billy Budd (Opera North) and Plutone in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (Royal Opera House). He has performed extensively with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants at Glyndebourne Festival, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Lincoln Center, New York, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and at the BBC Proms in works by Handel, Blow, Purcell, Rameau, Lully and Charpentier.