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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 a former 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 Cadogan Hall; he also understudies 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); Odin The Monstrous Child (Royal Opera House); Father Trulove The Rake’s Progress (Münchner Philharmoniker); and Silvano Un ballo in maschera (Grange Park 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. 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.
Colline / La bohème / English Touring Opera / 2022
“Trevor Bowes was appropriately moving in Colline’s standout moment at the end of Act 4…”
“Trevor Bowes’ Colline offered a luxurious “Vecchia zimarra,” fulsome and tender in a way that had “soulful philosopher” written all over.”
“Trevor Eliot Bowes finds dignity in Colline’s Coat Aria.”
Polifemo / Aci, Galatea e Polifemo / Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / 2022
“…the true star of the evening was Trevor Bowes… Bowes’s sense of phrasing was what gave the music its sense of perfection. One of the most interior and profound of all arias for bass Bowes offered us a complete musical triumph”
(Seen and Heard International)
“Bowes made a terrific Polifemo, bringing a wonderful confidence and swagger to the arias with a great sense of the character’s self-belief.”
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…”