British tenor Hugo Hymas was born and raised in Cambridge. After starting his musical life on the clarinet he sang as a chorister in church and then later on with Clare College Choir, Cambridge. In 2014 he left Durham University with a degree in Music, and now lives in London.
He is in increasing demand on the international stage and is building a reputation as an Evangelist for Bach’s Passions. In 2016 he performed the tenor arias in a European tour of Matthäus-Passion (Bach) with Monteverdi Choir (Sir John Eliot Gardiner), and later that year on a tour of Bach’s Magnificat. He has also sung the Arias and Evangelist role in the Johannes-Passion recently in Nidarosdomen (Trondheim Barokk) and Croatia (Croatian Baroque Ensemble). In March 2017 he worked with Dunedin Consort (John Butt) singing Evangelist in their one-voice-per-part Matthäus-Passion, and in December 2017 toured their Christmas programmes: Messiah (Handel) and Weihnachtsoratorium (Bach), performing the solos from the latter in Wigmore Hall.
Other examples of his regular concert repertoire include Vespers of 1610 (C. Monteverdi), Requiem (W. A. Mozart), Die Schöpfung (J. Haydn) and Saint Nicholas (B. Britten). Hugo has also given concerts recently in King’s Place (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) and Wigmore Hall (Early Opera Company) of French baroque music.
He has played the lead opera roles of Mozart: The Magic Flute (Tamino) and The Marriage of Figrao (Basilio), Handel: Semele (Jupiter) and Acis and Galatea (Acis), and Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas). He has also given song recitals in Newcastle, Durham, London and Southwold, and was a Britten-Pears young artist in Aldeburgh.