Grant Doyle is "forceful, multi-faceted Macbeth" in role debut

19 March 2019

Baritone Grant Doyle has received critical acclaim for his performance of the title role in Verdi's Macbeth with English Touring Opera.

Particularly praised for his dramatic intensity and intelligent interpretation of the role, The Guardian notes his "fierce, expressive lyricism", while Financial Times praises his "stylish musicianship... audiences round the country should count themselves lucky to have him".

The 21-date ETO tour of the UK marks Doyle’s role debut as Macbeth, following a successful run as the title role in Verdi's Rigoletto for Opera de Baugé. This season sees another role debut for Grant Doyle, performing Robert in Iolanta for Opera Holland Park in July 2019.

More information about the tour can be found here.

Reviews for Macbeth

“Doyle’s declamatory way with the opening scenes gives way to a fierce, expressive lyricism as guilt and isolation begin to corrode both Macbeth’s mind and his sense of his own integrity” Tim Ashley, The Guardian ****

“Grant Doyle sings the role with such unforced strength and, in his closing aria, stylish musicianship that audiences round the country should count themselves lucky to have him” Richard Fairman, Financial Times ****

“Grant Doyle finds real depth of feeling for Macbeth's despairing final moments” Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard ****

"Grant Doyle carried the role on vibrant, forthright tone and, having somehow retained an air of humanity throughout the murder and mayhem, filled Pietà, rispetto, amore with regret" Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine

“Grant Doyle combines Macbeth’s monstrous pessimism, his courage and agonising moments of self-knowledge with disarming directness. This is a commanding performance, and Doyle has the vocal resources and dark Italianate inscrutability to give the role full measure” Peter Reed, Classical Source

“Grant Doyle was a forceful, multi-faceted Macbeth, capturing the early torment and moral decline with subtlety. Vocally he was imposing... he brought an appropriate sensitivity and drama to key moments, most noticeably the banquet scene and the finale” Dominic Lowe, Bachtrack ****

“Grant Doyle rages and rampages as Macbeth” Claire Seymour, Opera Today

“Grant Doyle carries the role with a vibrant, forthright tone and, retaining an air of humanity, fills his final aria with regret rather than self-pity” The Stage

"Grant Doyle finds a fine lyricism in the last act" Ron Simpson, TheReviewsHub

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