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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 and Britten-Pears Young Artist and an alumnus of Barbara Hannigan’s Equilibrium Young Artists programme.
In the current season engagements include Colline La bohème in his debut with English Touring Opera; Polifemo Aci, Galatea e Polifemo with the OAE at Queen Elizabeth Hall and in Malta; and he will also understudy Hunding The Valkyrie for English National Opera.
Highlights in recent seasons include Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance and Ein Lakai Ariadne auf Naxos (Opera Holland Park); 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); Father Trulove The Rake’s Progress (Münchner Philharmoniker); Silvano Un ballo in maschera (Grange Park Opera); and Boots and Footman Der Rosenkavalier (Glyndebourne).
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. As a full-time member of Opera North, in Leeds, roles included 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 as Nanni in Haydn’s L’infedeltà delusa with Le Parlement de Musique, in Strasbourg. He has also understudied roles for both Opera North and English National Opera.
Concert appearances include Mozart Requiem with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis; Handel Messiah for the London Handel Festival; Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols with the Orchestra of English National Opera under Martyn Brabbins; Bach Cantata 71 under Helmuth Rilling (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.
Sergeant of Police / The Pirates of Penzance / Opera Holland Park / 2021
“Trevor Eliot Bowes’s Police Sergeant was a triumph of bleak, straight-faced humour…”
“Trevor Eliot Bowes was a charmingly perplexed Sergeant of Police, inflecting the vocal line in an understated but meaningful way as it sank low as he lamented the unhappy lot of the policeman…”
Benoît / La bohème / English National Opera Drive & Live / 2020
“Trevor Eliot Bowes sang the role with a resonant bass voice, appropriately biting in tense, dramatic moments.”(Opera Wire)
“Trevor Eliot Bowes is painfully lifelike as grumpy security guard Benoît.”
Silvano / Un ballo in maschera / Grange Park Opera / 2018
“Trevor Bowes was particularly fine as the drunken ‘sailor’, Silvano.”
“Trevor Bowes produced a nice vignette as the sailor in that scene, wittily remaining in character for the curtain calls.”
(Mark Ronan Theatre Reviews)