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"
"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
"Citons enfin Tristan Humbleton 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."
www.opera-online.com - 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.
www.theartsdesk.com - 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”."
www.bachtrack.com - 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."
www.briandickie.com - 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"
www.markronan.com - Mark Ronan
"Tristan Hambleton revealed a fine-grained bass-baritone as Karl"
www.musicomh.com - Melanie Eskenazi
"Tristan Hambleton handled the bass melismata with considerable flair"
www.boulezian.blogspot.co.uk - Mark Berry
"Tristan Hambleton sang Karl with authority"
www.bachtrack.com - 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."
www.planethugill.com - Robert Hugill
"Excellent Bass authority from Tristan Hambleton as Balthazar the Father Superior"
www.markronan.com - Mark Ronan