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Born London.

English tenor.

Luke Sinclair  grew up in Oxfordshire before training in Glasgow under Scott Johnson at the Opera School of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  Support came from an RCS Foundation scholarship, the Jim Forson singing bursary and the Sir Richard Stapley Trust.  He was a highly commended finalist in the Ye Cronies Opera Award, and was also a major prizewinner in the International Singing Competition at Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg in 2015.

Roles during his time at RCS included Monteverdi (Lucano The Coronation of Poppea,  Giove The Return of Ulysses);  Nicolai (Slender The Merry Wives of Windsor);  Vaughan Williams (Fenton Sir John in Love) and Poulenc (Husband Les mamelles de Tirésias).

At Schloss Rheinsberg he created Julian in Adriana (Marc Aurel-Floros 2015).  Also in Germany he worked with Szene 12, Dresden (Rodolfo).

Appearances in Britain include Co-opera Co (Lysander);  British Youth Opera (Blues Singer Paul Bunyan); Bristol Operatic (Don Ottavio);  Fife Opera (Don José) and Edinburgh Grand (Rodolfo).  His Edinburgh International Festival debut in 2016 was as an Apostle in the Elgar oratorio.  In 2017 he worked with New Sussex Opera (Sali A Village Romeo and Juliet);  Swansea City Opera (Gérald Lakmé); Buxton Festival (Malcolm in the 1847 version of Macbeth,  High Priest Idomeneo, Itulbo and Zamoro in Verdi's Alzira).  Parts in 2018 included University College Opera (title role in UK premiere of Gounod's Polyeucte).

He also returned to Scotland for a leading role in the UK premiere of Song of the Night for the Hans Gál Society (Edinburgh Queen's Hall) and to work with Opera Bohemia (Rodolfo).  His solo debut with Scottish Opera was Mephistopheles in The Fiery Angel.

For the 2017/18 season he joined the Opera Studio development programme at the Opéra de Lyon under the direction of Jean-Paul Fouchécourt.  He made his solo debut as the Kuli in Zemlinsky's Der Kreidekreis.

In 2018 he moved to the Solo Ensemble at Theater Ulm (in Baden-Württemberg on the Danube), with roles including Donizetti (both Normanno and Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor);  Wagner (Steuermann Der fliegende Holländer);  Egon von Wildenhagen in Der Vetter aus Dingsda (1921 operetta by Kunneke);  Janáček (Lapák and Woodpecker Cunning Little Vixen) and Loewe (Freddy My Fair Lady).  Subsequent appearances in the ensemble at Ulm include Beethoven (Jacquino),   Verdi (Duke of Mantua);  Massenet (Prince Charmant Cendrillon);   Kálmán (Count Boni Die Csárdásfürstin) and Charles Tournemire (Le Nain Frocin in La Légende de Tristan premiere).

His expanding concert and oratorio repertoire includes major parts by Handel (Messiah),  Beethoven (Symphony no9),  Rossini (Stabat Mater),  Mendelssohn (Elijah),  Verdi (Messa da Requiem),  Puccini (Messa di Gloria),   Elgar (Dream of Gerontius) and Mahler (Das Lied von der Erde).  At Ulm he sang Schubert's Winterreise in the orchestral transcription by Hans Zender.

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