Jack Dolan

Tenor

"Jack Dolan's Tamino was tireless and ardent..."

Christopher Morley

Biography

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Born and raised in Manchester, Jack Dolan is currently based in London where he studies as a Master's student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Sarah Pring and Adrian Thompson as a John S Cohen Foundation Scholar, additionally supported by Margaret Hamilton. Previously, he studied under Maureen Brathwaite at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with First Class honours in 2019. Jack’s musical roots lie in rock and blues, and he studied the guitar for six years whilst developing a love for Classical music. His eclectic musical tastes, from rock to musical theatre, sparked a fascination with vocal music and motivated his research into all different types of singing. Originally, he intended to follow an academic path and become a teacher; however, he was persuaded by Claire Surman to change his path to study at Conservatoire and train as a tenor. In May 2019, he was awarded first place in the annual Mario Lanza Society Opera Prize at the RBC, and also a Development Award in the inaugural By Voice Alone competition.

Jack works as a freelance singer and enjoys a busy performance career. He has appeared in staged operatic productions as chorus in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilegès (RBC) and in the National G&S Opera Company tour in 2018 and 2019. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Jack was set to rejoin NGSOC for their 2020 tour as well as Opera Holland Park’s 2020 productions of Rigoletto and Eugene Onegin as a member of the chorus. At the RBC he has performed as Raoul de Gardefeu in Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne, Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Henry Crawford in Dove's Mansfield Park. Other operatic engagements include Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Strada Stretta Opera, Malta), Frederic and The Defendant in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance and Trial by Jury, respectively (Rugby Philharmonic Choir). In opera scenes at RBC and GSMD, he has performed as Alfredo, La Traviata; Essex, Gloriana; Don José, Carmen; Rodolfo, La bohème; and Fritz, L’amico Fritz. As well as operatic performances, Jack frequently performs oratorio with a network of companies and choral societies around the UK and has performed as a soloist Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.