Born in London, Tristan Hambleton studied at St John’s College, Cambridge, Heidelberg Universität and then at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Whilst at RAM, he was awarded the inaugural ABRSM scholarship, a Countess of Munster Trust Scholarship and the D’Oyly Carte Trust Scholarship. Tristan is a Josephine Baker Trust Artist, a Jackdaws Young Artist, and a Samling Artist.
After graduating from the RAM Opera School in 2015, Tristan went on to make his professional debut creating the role of Karl in the world premiere of David Bruce’s Nothing at Glyndebourne a joint commission with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Balthazar in Donizetti’s La Favorite for University College Opera at London’s Theatre Royal Stratford and Marullo in Oliver Mears’ production of Rigoletto for Nevill Holt Opera.
This season sees Tristan sing the role of Sergeant in the UK premier of Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus for Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells, a return to Nevill Holt to sing Angelotti in Tosca, Escamillo in a concert performance of Carmen in Tonbridge and his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a keen recitalist and concert performer, Tristan has performed with notable ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hallé and the London Mozart Players in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, St Martin in the Fields, St John’s Smith Square, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In Wagner’s bicentenary year, Tristan was invited by Sir Mark Elder to sing the role of Hermann Ortel in the Hallé’s concert performance of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and was subsequently invited back for Mozart’s Requiem at Bridgewater Hall. His oratorio repertoire is wide ranging and includes Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Paukenmesse, Theresienmesse, Missa Cellensis and Salve Regina, Mozart’s Requiem, Credo Mass, Coronation Mass, Missa Brevis, and Vesperae Solennes de Condessore, Beethoven’s Mass in C, and Symphony No. 9 as well as Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Faure’s Requiem.
On the operatic stage Tristan’s repertoire also includes Re di Scozia in Ariodante, Achilla in Giulio Cesare, Somnus in Semele, the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Masetto and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Publio in La clemenza di Tito, Colline in La Boheme, The Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Nick Shadow and Dr. Truelove in The Rake’s Progress, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring and Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.