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 


"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." - 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