Ronan Collett

Baritone

"Ronan Collett impresses with a brilliant performance."

Werner Müller-Grimmel, Schwäbische Zeitung

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Ronan is currently a member of Oper Stuttgart’s solo ensemble, where he appears as Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro and Papageno Die Zauberflöte this season and where other recent and current roles include Marcello La Bohème, Guglielmo Così fan tutte and Harlekin Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as Marullo Rigoletto, Morales Carmen (previously for English National Opera), English Clerk Death in Venice (which he previously sang under Martyn Brabbins), and Don Fernando Fidelio.

Outside Stuttgart, highlights of the last season include his role debut as Don Giovanni at Oper Wuppertal, the world premiere of Benjamin Ellin’s One Before Zero with the Orchestre de Picardie and his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra as Don Fernando with Vladimir Jurowski.

Ronan was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme between 2006-2008, was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2006 and the Priz Thierry Mermod at Verbier Festival. During his time on the scheme, he performed with various conductors including Andris Nelsons, James Judd and Mikhail Agrest, and with orchestras including BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and BBC NOW. In October 2014, Ronan was awarded the Trude Eipperle Rieger Preis; he was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2015.

Opera roles include the title role of Eugene Onegin for Iford Arts, Count Almaviva for Classical Opera Company, Morales for English National Opera, English Clerk in Death in Venice conducted by Martyn Brabbins, Aeneas with Gabrieli Consort, Pandolfe Cendrillon, Nardo La finta giardiniera, and Kilian Der Freischütz conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras at Edinburgh International Festival. In 2011 he made his debut at La Monnaie as Maurevert in Olivier Py’s production of Les Huguenots conducted by Marc Minkowski.

On the concert platform, Ronan has performed extensively in Europe, Australia and Japan. In 2010 he made his Paris recital debut in Auditorium du Louvre. Other engagements include a recital with Mitsuko Uchida in Berlin Philharmonie, Trouble in Tahiti with Münchner Rundfunkorchester conducted by Ulf Schirmer in Munich and L’enfance du Christ with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Robin Ticciati. He has also performed the baritone solo part in Britten’s War Requiem at the Perth International Festival and in Sydney Opera House. It is a role he is becoming especially identified with having performed it last year in Berliner Dom and last October in Liederhalle, Stuttgart.

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Oper Stuttgart - Death in Venice (Clerk)

July 2017

"Ronan Collett, as the English travel clerk, made a strong impression"

Rolf Fath, Opera Magazine

“Georg Nigl’s … dark and round baritone… is rivalled vocally by Ronan Collett’s Travel Agency Clerk who is bursting with vigour.”

Nikolaus Schmidt, Badische Neueste Nachrichten

“From the ensemble, which had numerous demands placed upon it and was poignantly directed down to the smallest role, Ronan Collett deserves a particular mention: he brought the travel clerk’s account of the spreading epidemic to life, imbuing it with meaning with a sensitive voice.”

Udo Klebes, Online Merker

“Amongst the numerous other consistently excellent artists who had been given solos, baritone Ronan Collett, playing a pithy English Clerk in the travel agency, should be highlighted.”

Der Klassikkritiker

"Standouts from the smaller solo were ... Ronan Collett (Clerk in the travel agency) through [his] vocal and acting presence. Ronan Collett, incidentally, stood out not only because of his beautiful voice, but also because of his excellent diction."

Hermann Becke, Der Opernfreund

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Fidelio (Don Fernando)

January 2017

Ronan Collett was a commanding and elegantly sung Fernando.

Peter Reed, Opera Magazine

Oper Stuttgart - Così fan tutte (Guglielmo)

May 2015

Hearty baritone Ronan Collett in his debut as Guglielmo is one of the discoveries of the evening.

Jürgen Kanold, Südwestpresse

Ronan Collett sang Guglielmo with a round baritone of gorgeous timbre.

Frank Armbruster

Ronan Collett sings Guglielmo masterfully.

Susanne Benda, Stuttgarter Nachrichten

Ronan Collett's Guglielmo with his sturdy baritone proved to be the only one who was vocally rock-solid.

Badische Neueste Nachrichten

Guglielmo (harmonious in timbre: Ronan Collett).

Alexander Walther, Der Neue Merker

Ronan Collett in the role of Guglielmo acts the sly seducer believably and impresses vocally with force and agility.

Armin Knauer, Reutlinger Generalanzeiger

Guglielmo, whom Ronan Collett furnishes with soft, lyric baritonal timbre...

Eckhardt Britsch, Mannheimer Morgen

Ronan Collett shone as daredevil Guglielmo, who was barefoot throughout the show and got to show his stripy red underwear several times.

Peter Jungblut, BR klassik

Ronan Collett stood out as Guglielmo with the pleasant natural timbre of his voice and vocal sure-footedness throughout all registers.

Thomas Gehrig, Klassik.com Magazin

Ronan Collett ... [is] convincing, both vocally and in his acting.

Werner Grimmel, Schwäbische Zeitung

Ronan Collett as Guglielmo with an agile baritone voice...

Dietholf Zerweck, Ludwigsburger Kreiszeitung

Ronan Collett (Guglielmo) and Gergely Németi (Ferrando), too, are a good choice vocally.

Rebekka Sambale, Die Rheinpfalz

Young English baritone Ronan Collett was an appropriately vigorous and boasting Guglielmo.

GBOpera Magazine

Ronan Collett’s Opera Repertoire

BEETHOVEN

Fidelio (Fernando)

BERNSTEIN

Candide (Pangloss (Candide)
Trouble in Tahiti (Jazz Singer)

BIZET

Carmen (Morales)

BRITTEN

Billy Budd (Title role) *
Death in Venice (English Clerk)
Rape of Lucretia (Tarquinius)

DOVE

The Adventures of Pinocchio (Pantelone/Kohlenhändler)

GLUCK

Iphigénie en Aulide (Calchas)

JANACEK

The Cunning Little Vixen (Harasta)
Osud (Verva)

MASSENET

Cendrillon (Pandolfe)

MEYERBEER

Les Huguenots (Maurevert)

MOZART

Così fan tutte (Guglielmo)
Die Zauberflöte (Papageno)
Don Giovanni (Title role/Masetto)
La finta giardinera (Nardo)
Le Nozze di Figaro (Count Almaviva)

POULENC

Dialogues des Carmelites (Thierry /Dr Javelinot /Le geôlier)

PUCCINI

La Bohème (Marcello/Schaunard)

PURCELL

Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas)

STRAUSS

Adriane auf Naxos (Harlekin)

TCHAIKOVSKY

Eugene Onegin (title role)

VERDI

La Traviata (Barone Douphol)
Nabucco (Il Gran Sacerdote)

WEBER

Kilian (Der Freischütz)

WEIR

A Night at the Chinese Opera (Chao Lin)

*in preparation

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