Hugh Cutting is a British countertenor based in London, currently in his second year of the Master of Performance course at the Royal College of Music where he is a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.
Upcoming projects include the role of Arsace in Handel’s Partenope as part of Les Arts Florissants ‘Le Jardin des voix’ 2021 (August 2021), Purcell Come ye Sons of Art and Love’s Goddess sure was Blind with The English Concert (October 2020), Purcell’s Welcome Songs with Solomon’s Knot (October 2020), an appearance on recording with Iestyn Davies and Fretwork of German baroque duets, Opera Scenes (Benjamin’s Written on Skin) with the Royal College of Music’s Opera Studio (autumn of 2020), and Handel’s Messiah at the Barbican with Britten Sinfonia (December 2021). In 2019 Hugh was taken on by the Josephine Baker trust as a soloist for the next two years. He is generously supported by the Leverhulme Arts Scholarship at the Royal College of Music, Ms Jill McMahon and Mr Bradley Upham. He currently learns with Sally Burgess, and is coached by Simon Lepper and James Gilchrist.
Recent concert performances have included Messiah with Geraint Bowen and Marches Baroque, a solo lute song appearance on the BBC Early Music Show, BWV 11 Ascension Oratorio with Ashley Solomon and RCM Baroque Orchestra and Chorus, Bach’s Passions and cantatas (solos) with The Oxford Bach Soloists and Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge and ‘A Sephardic Journey in Music’ in Kettle’s Yard New Music Concert Series, Cambridge. Operatic roles have included Ottone (Monteverdi’s L’inconorazione Di Poppea), Daemon (Watts’ Kepler’s Trial) in London (V&A Museum Theatre), and Athamas (Handel’s Semele). He recently performed Tolomeo (Handel’s Tolomeo) and The Boy/Angel 1 (Benjamin’s Written on Skin) for RCM Spring Opera Scenes 2020. Hugh graduated with a first in music from Cambridge in 2018 where he was a scholar on the Pembroke Lieder Scheme and a choral scholar of St John’s College under Andrew Nethsingha.