London-born tenor, Aidan Coburn, was educated at The London Oratory School, Caius College, Cambridge and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Having held a number of choral scholarships as a young singer, affording Aidan numerous opportunities to perform around the world and live on the radio, he now focuses exclusively on his solo singing career, both as a recitalist and on the operatic stage.
Demonstrating significant versatility as a singer, Aidan’s oratorio repertoire includes works as diverse as St John Passion (arias and Evangelist), Creation, A Child of Our Time, The Kingdom, Elijah, St Nicholas, Messa di Gloria, Stabat Mater (Rossini, Dvorak) and Requiem (Verdi, Mozart). Aidan is particularly passionate about performing in recital, having recently performed Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Finzi’s A Young Man Exhortation, Britten’s Winter Words and Janacek’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared on the Barbican main stage. As his career takes him increasing in the direction of opera, Aidan is recently returned from Glyndebourne Festival Opera where he performed La Traviata, Don Giovanni, and Eugene Onegin.
In addition to singing, Aidan has much conducting experience, having conducted numerous operas with Shadwell Opera, a company he founded at Cambridge, and being Director of Colla Voce Singers. Since being a school teacher, Aidan has maintained a keen interest in working with children, both individually and as part of various outreach programmes, including Singup. Aidan lectures for the Opera Prelude programme at The Cadogan Hall and is currently in the process of developing a music festival in Hampstead with the aim of raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. Aidan he recently accepted a post as Fellow at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Aidan studies with Julian Gavin and is represented by Helen Sykes Artists’ Management.
Q&A with Aidan Coburn
Singing or conducting – what made you decide?
I spent much time at university combining singing with conducting. I was at a loss which to choose after university
so I took 3 years out as a classroom music teacher. In end I decided to go with singing... For the moment!
How did you come to have your own opera company?
After several hours at a party one night 2 friends and I decided to put on a production of Cosi. I was to conduct, and with no idea what we were doing, we put out audition notices. In the next few years we put on Cosi in Cambridge as well as The Magic Flute and Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream in Cambridge and in Roslyn Chapel as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
First singing experience?
My most memorable singing experience was Durufle's requiem in my first year of secondary school. I knew immediately singing was going to become a bigger part of my life. After singing Cosi at school in my lower sixth (ambitious I know!), I realised opera would become a part too.