"delightfully blessed with a light bubbling tenor and an appealing presence, just what any Prince Charming needs"
"tenor Liam Bonthrone is a standout."
Scottish tenor Liam Bonthrone is a Bicentenary Scholar at Royal Academy Opera, where he studies with Nuccia Focile, Marcus van den Akker and Jonathan Papp. He is a Samling Artist and was a finalist at the 2020 Kathleen Ferrier Awards.
Recent highlights include his return to Garsington Opera as an Alvarez Young Artist, covering the title role in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory. Appearances in 2021/22 include his role debut as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia for Nevill Holt Opera, his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra singing Mozart's Requiem, Gonzalve L'heure Espagnole and Tanzmeister Ariadne auf Naxos for Royal Academy Opera, and Don Curzio for Verbier Festival in Ibiza. Liam will take part in the 2022 Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, directed by Edith Wiens.
He made his international debut as Bruno I Puritani with the Rotterdam Operakoor at De Doelen and was awarded the Dame Hilda Bracket Prize and the Basil A. Turner Opera Award for his performance as Don Ramiro La Cenerentola with British Youth Opera. At the Royal Academy of Music he has performed Ferrando Cosi fan tutte under the baton of Laurence Cummings and Flute A Midsummer Night's Dream with Sian Edwards.
For the 2022/23 season, Liam will be joining the prestigious opera studio at the Bayerische Staatsoper, appearing in new productions of Lohengrin and Prokofiev's War and Peace, and as Rustighello in Lucrezia Borgia.
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Count Almaviva (The Barber of Seville)
Nevill Holt Opera, June 2022
Some of [the singing] is excellent. High-flying tenor Liam Bonthrone has all the notes for Count Almaviva and can get around the coloratura with the best of them.
The Stage ***
‘Tenor Liam Bonthrone had all the high notes for Count Almaviva while his ability to negotiate Rossini’s florid writing was impressive.’
George Hall, Opera Now
L'heure espagnole (Gonsalve)
Royal Academy of Music, November 2021
Liam Bonthrone’s self-obsessed nerdy Gonsalve is most stylish; he makes the high vocal lines sound as easy as pie and brings a wonderful ‘heady’ quality to them
Alexander Campbell, Classical Source
Ramiro, La Cenerentola
British Youth Opera
Liam Bonthrone's Don Ramiro had a charming naivety to him, coupled with an admirable facility in Rossini's tenor writing, with just the right sort of vibrant yet not overdone top notes, and this role is high
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill
Liam Bonthrone was a Prince Ramiro of integrity...the tenor fearlessly climbed to the top of Rossini’s challenging vocal lines, using the energy of the music to suggest the Prince’s ardency and nobility.
Claire Seymour, Opera Today
Liam Bonthrone, delightfully blessed with a light bubbling tenor and an appealing presence: just what any Prince Charming needs
Bill Knight, The Times
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