Counter-tenor Tim Mead is praised for his “alluring” and “consistently excellent” interpretations (New York Times). With his “rich, mellifluous sound” (Guardian), he is recognised as one of the finest across the generations of counter-tenors.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season include Endimione in Cavalli La Calisto for Teatro Real Madrid, Bertarido in Handel Rodelinda for Opera de Lille, Oberon in Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera of Philadelphia, and a major European recital tour with Emmanuelle Haim and Le Concert d’Astree. Mead will also travel to China for two performances of Written on Skin, perform a staged version of Messiah with Robin Ticciati and the Deutsches Symfonie-orchester Berlin, and sing Bach St John Passion with Jonathan Cohen and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
On the concert platform Mead recently appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall, sang Bach St John Passion at the BBC Proms, headlined a tour of Asia with Harry Bicket and The English Concert as part of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations. Last season he appeared at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees singing Monteverdi and Pergolesi for Les Grandes Voix, and gave solo recitals at Wigmore Hall accompanied by James Baillieu, and at La Sainte Chapelle with Les Accents and Thibault Noally. Mead has sung Athamas in Handel Semele with the CBSO and the Handel and Haydn Society, Didymus in Handel Theodora with the Akademie fur Alte Musik, the world premiere of Theo Loevendie’s Spinoza at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam; Messiah with the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli Consort, Handel & Haydn Society, Academy of Ancient Music, Le Concert d’Astree; Bach B Minor Mass with The English Concert and with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie in France, Spain, and at the BBC Proms; Bach Magnificat with Le Concert d’Astree, Bach St Matthew Passion with London Handel Festival and De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Handel Theodora with the English Concert, Handel Solomon with Akademie für Alte Musik, Handel Judas Maccabaeus with the OAE, Handel Joseph and his Brethren at the International Händel Festspiele Göttingen.
Mead read Music as a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, before winning a number of scholarships to continue his vocal studies at the Royal College of Music.