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Trevor Eliot Bowes


Lyric bass Trevor Eliot Bowes was born in Victoria, Canada and studied at the University of Toronto, the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He is a former Britten Pears Young Artist and an alumnus of Barbara Hannigan’s Equilibrium Young Artists programme.

In the current season he returns to English Touring Opera as Seneca The Coronation of Poppea and in spring 2024, Father Trulove The Rake’s Progress.

Among his recent highlights are Alidoro La Cenerentola (Nevill Holt Opera); Polifemo Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (OAE/Valletta Baroque Festival); Colline La bohème (English Touring Opera); Sergeant of Police The Pirates of Penzance , Ein Lakai Ariadne auf Naxos (Opera Holland Park); Odin The Monstrous Child (Royal Opera House); and Father Trulove The Rake’s Progress (Münchner Philharmoniker). He also covered Sarastro The Magic Flute (Welsh National Opera).

His operatic roles include Figaro Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso Così fan tutte, Death Savitri, Cadmus and Somnus Semele, Léandre L’amour des trois Oranges, Don Inigo L’heure espagnole, Simone Gianni Schicchi and Sarastro Die Zauberflöte. For English National Opera he has performed Benoît La bohème Drive & Live, Ben Benny Paul Bunyan, A Cappadocian Salome, José Castro La fanciulla del West and Policeman Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (English National Opera); and for Opera North,  Talbot Maria Stuarda opposite Sarah Connolly and the Drum-maker in Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio. He also performed in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Hamburg as Fedro in Early Music Russia’s production of Boris Goudenow (Johann Mattheson’s 1710 version) and Nanni in Haydn’s L’infedeltà delusa with Le Parlement de Musique, in Strasbourg.

In concert Trevor has performed Mozart Requiem (Toronto Symphony Orchestra, under Sir Andrew Davis); Handel Messiah (London Handel Festival); Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Orchestra of English National Opera under Martyn Brabbins); Bach Cantata 71 (Toronto International Bach Festival); the Thief in Grieg’s Peer Gynt (Royal Scottish National Orchestra); and Mendelssohn Elijah, Vaughan Williams Hodie and Handel Messiah in cities across Canada. He has made several appearances at the Aldeburgh Festival in The Rake’s Progress under Martyn Brabbins, King Arthur under Laurence Cummings and The Fairy Queen under Harry Bicket. In 2016 he recorded the role of Arimanes in Balfe’s Satanella for Naxos with Richard Bonynge and the Victorian Opera Orchestra.

Steven Swales Artist Management represents Trevor Eliot Bowes worldwide


Father Trulove / The Rake’s Progress / English Touring Opera / 2024
“Trevor Eliot Bowes brings dignity to Anne’s Father…”
(The Stage)

“…Trevor Eliot Bowes made a firm yet fierce Father Trulove.”
(Planet Hugill)

Seneca / The Coronation of Poppea / English Touring Opera / 2023
“Trevor Eliot Bowes as Seneca, the wise philosopher who embraces death, is firm in declamation and moving at his end…”
(The Telegraph)

“Trevor Eliot Bowes is an imposing presence as Seneca, with a nicely-rounded bass voice…”
(The Opera Critic)

“Trevor Eliot Bowes’s Seneca… stood out among the principals…”

Alidoro / La Cenerentola / Nevill Holt Opera / 2023
“…equal first, arguably top, came the agile and inventive lyric bass, Canadian Trevor Eliot Bowes, as the godfather of it all, Alidoro… There are long periods when he’s not onstage, though he’s manipulating behind the scenes, but my, quite apart from his teasing bowler-hatted acting, what a colossal voice. A bass surely in the top bracket…”
(Classical Music Daily) 

“…Trevor Eliot Bowes, with his beguiling bass, only has to enter to give the character of Alidoro an otherworldly feel.”
(MusicOMH / Sam Smith)



West Green House Opera

27, 28 Jul 2024

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
Conductor: Matthew Kofi Waldren
Victoria Newlyn

Northern Opera Group

28, 29, 30, 31 Aug 2024

Paterson: Sherlock Holmes
Conductor: Ellie Slorach
David Ward

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