L O U I S H U R S T
B A S S - B A R I T O N E
Britten's Beggar's Opera | European Opera Centre | 2013
"...Louis Hurst and Rosie Aldridge bring strong stage-presence to Mr and Mrs Peachum."
David Fanning | Telegraph
Handel's Belshazzar | Manchester Camarta & RNCM | 2010
"The conspirators, ...Helen Sherman (Cyrus) and bass baritone Louis Hurst (Gobrias) showed conviction in their roles in plotting the downfall of Babylon. Gobrias was appropriately well cast, his rich resonant timbre adding weight to the part. He also used the stage area well despite the lack of stage items to engage with and came across convincingly."
Raymond J Walker
Chester Bach Singers | 2013
"...Louis Hurst, bass baritone stood apart for they were outstanding for their total engagement in the story. They rarely looked at their copy. Instead, they sang to the audience as a story teller tells a story to his audience. They told their part of the story with commitment and intensity. And when they weren’t singing they were listening and responding to the music. I was riveted by their performances and will be following their careers with great interest."
Bass-Baritone, Louis Hurst, is the Winner of the Audience Prize at the Fulham Opera Robert Presley Memorial Verdi Prize 2019 and Finalist for the Wagner Society of England's Singing Competition. Selected to participate in ENO’s Opera Works Programme and with British Youth Opera, Mancunian-born Louis gained his MMus with Distinction from the RNCM. His studies were made possible by the generous support of Michael Oglesby, the Drapers Guild, and the Musician's Benevolent Fund.
Louis has had a busy start to 2022 having already performed Don Pasquale Don Pasquale for Hurn Court Opera, Escamillo Carmen for Regents Opera, and Sciarrione and cover Scarpia Tosca for Diva Opera. Upcoming performances include Escamillo Carmen for Rogue Opera, Forester Cunning Little Vixen for Hampstead Garden Opera, and covering Dulcamaro L’elisir d’amore for West Green House Opera. 2021 saw Louis join the Iford Arts Young Generation Artists’ performance of Pagliacci as Tonio. In the Autumn he reprised the role of Figaro for Hampstead Garden Opera’s Le Nozze di Figaro.
Louis has worked with English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Britten Sinfonia, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Grange Park Opera, Grimeborn, Zurcher Sing Akademie, Longborough Festival Opera, St. Endellion Summer Festival, and Saffron Opera Group. His operatic highlights include Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro, Schicchi Gianni Schicchi, Balstrode Peter Grimes, Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor, Kurwenal Tristan und Isolde, Cecil Maria Stuarda, Rodrigo Don Carlo, Alfio/Silvio Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Re di Scozia Ariodante, Donner Das Rheingold, Köthner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Mr Peachum The Beggar’s Opera, Schaunard La Bohème, Father Hänsel und Gretel, and Sid and Billy Jack Rabbit La Fanciulla del West.
On the concert platform, his repertoire includes Beethoven 9, Rossini Petite Messe, countless Messiahs and Belshazzar’s Feast with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a regular performer with several distinguished choirs at London’s Chapel Royal, the Savoy Chapel, Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, and St George’s Hannover Square amongst others.