Papers & Journals

"silken-voiced bass-baritone Tristan Hambleton"

The Telegraph - Michael White


"The classiest voice of the bunch is Tristan Hambleton"

The Times - Neil Fisher


"Tristan Hambleton struck a formidable figure as Balthazar, filling his pronouncements with portent."

Opera Magazine - Yehuda Shapiro


"Tristan Hambleton’s King of Scotland was commandeering and crisply voiced"

Opera Magazine


"A tall, rich, handsome sound 

Pondering a good description for the young bass-baritone singing Schubert’s Schwanengesang at the quaker meeting-house, Hampstead Garden Suburb on Sunday, Tristan Hambleton and I both agreed that tall, dark and handsome will do.  And it does actually reflect the sound he makes.

Still a student on his last year at the Royal Academy opera course, Hambleton is one of the most striking voices of his generation. So he gets around. I heard him at a summer festival in France, supplying a distinctive presence in a Bach B Minor Mass..."

The Ham & High - Michael White 


"...Schicchi, has a real gift for comedy, but his big baritone is still a bit foggy in the upper registers. Firm bass Tristan Hambleton has no such problem, even when saddled with playing Simone, the pompous, elderly former mayor."

The Observer - Stephen Pritchard


"Tristan Hambleton, who throughout the evening encompassed Bach’s gymnastic demands with consummate aplomb."

Birmingham Post - Christopher Morley


"Tristan Hambleton (Marullo) – added appropriate menace and malice."

The Telegraph - Rupert Christiansen 


"Marc Minkowski dirige également des concerts au sein de l’Opéra National de Bordeaux dont il a été nommé directeur général l’an passé... Citons enfin Tristan Hambleton qui impressionne par sa présence tant physique que vocale : le tableau qu’il dresse du Jugement dernier – avec l’air « The trumpet shall sound » – fait passer un frisson sur l’auditoire."

"Marc Minkowski also conducts concerts at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, where he was named general director last year... Finally, there is Tristan Hambleton, who impresses with his physical and vocal presence: the picture he draws of the Last Judgment – with the air “The trumpet shall sound” – thrills the audience." - Emmanuel Andrieu


Bass-baritone Tristan Hambleton as Karl (pictured above in the centre), coalescing the forced offerings of a patriotic boy's flag and a religious kid's church crucifix, dominates with a dark malignancy as the compulsions peak in what essentially is a rape and a murder. - David Nice


"Tristan Hambleton was impressive in the role of Balthazar, showing a ringing bass that had real gravitas, and one could not help but be reminded, in his impressive showdown at the end of Act II with Alphonse, of “Don Carlos”." - Dominic Lowe


"Yesterday evening there were two male standouts – the tenor Nicholas Scott as Lurcanio, and the bass Tristan Hambleton (King of Scotland). Here are two young men on the edge of certain career success." - Brian Dickie

"Bass-baritone Tristan Hambleton as escaped prisoner Angelotti, and a nasty Sciarrone in Scarpia’s entourage, made a superb contribution to a fine team of singers" - Mark Ronan


"Tristan Hambleton revealed a fine-grained bass-baritone as Karl" - Melanie Eskenazi


"Tristan Hambleton handled the bass melismata with considerable flair" - Mark Berry


"Tristan Hambleton sang Karl with authority" - Mark Pullinger


"The other soloist who got the spotlight was bass-baritone Tristan Hambleton who impressed with his firmly focussed voice and beautiful sense of phrasing." - Robert Hugill


"Excellent Bass authority from Tristan Hambleton as Balthazar the Father Superior" - Mark Ronan