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Byron Jackson is an acclaimed young dramatic baritone spanning opera, concert work and musical theatre.  Born of Jamaican heritage in the West Midlands, he studied a degree in singing and music at the Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating in 2005 and awarded the St Clare Barfield Memorial Bowl for Operatic Distinction. 

He studied under Gordon Sandison and Christine Cairns, and received intensive bel canto coaching from Janet Haney and Carmen Santoro.

He currently studies with Gary Coward.

Byron made his international debut at the Teatro dei Rozzi, Sienna, Italy at a special concert organised by the Concordia Foundation in 2007, and later that year was invited to give a solo recital for the Monmouth Festival. He also made his UK operatic debut at Sadler's Wells as Rangwan, in Delius' opera Koanga for Pegasus Opera, as part of the bicentenary celebrations of the abolition of the slave trade. He re-appeared with the company in early 2018 as Boaz in Ruth by Philip Hagemann conducted by the composer himself.

He has since sung in many prestigious venues in the UK and Europe including Royal Albert Hall (Carmen), Buxton Festival Opera (Lucrezia Borgia, Veronique), Grange Park Opera (Queen of Spades), Adrian Boult Hall (Stanford Requiem), Opera de Lyon in France (Porgy and Bess) and also two Royal Opera House world premieres in Bird of Night (Le Gendre), and more recently Anna Nicole (Turnage) conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano.

Since 2008, Byron has enjoyed furthering his craft with Graham Vick's Birmingham Opera Company where he first appeared as Second Trojan in Mozart's Idomeneo. He returned in December 2009 in the role of Montano and cover of Iago in the renowned televised production of Verdi’s Otello which was broadcast on BBC2.

In 2012, Byron was invited to sing for Birmingham Artsfest in Centenary Square where he performed in concert as Escamillo (Carmen) and Segismund (Life is a Dream) having covered the role earlier in the year for the Birmingham Opera Company world premiere composed by Jonathan Dove.

Byron's international operatic debut came in 2011 when he appeared at Wexford Festival Opera as Ben in Menotti's The Telephone, and also Zmora in Statkowski's Maria. Other recent roles include First Priest in The Magic Flute (Mozart) for Garsington Opera 2011, and the critically acclaimed role of Leporello in Don Giovanni for Longborough Festival Opera in June 2010 conducted by Gianluca Marciano.

An accomplished concert singer performing throughout the UK. He made his debut in 2005 as the Preacher in a staged production of Bernstein's Mass at Oxford Town Hall, returning in 2007 to perform in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana conducted by John Lubbock, and again in 2008 singing in Mozart's Requiem, a work he also performed two years later at Albert Hall Nottingham.

In 2008, Byron was once again under the baton of John Lubbock with the Orchestra of St John singing the role of Christus in Bach’s St John’s Passion at Dorchester Abbey. He has sung regularly for Walsall Choral Society and Warwick & Kenilworth Choral Society as soloist in Verdi's Requiem, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, and Handel's Messiah, also performing the latter at Derby Cathedral in 2010.

Byron made his debut with English Touring Opera as Eustachio in L'assedio di Calais (Donizetti) and appearing in their other productions across the UK and Budapest, Hungary

Displaying his versatility as an artist, Byron made his musical theatre debut with Highbury Opera Theatre as the Leader and the speaking role of John in Kurt Weill's Lost in the Stars in Autumn 2016.

Recently, he returned to Longborough Festival Opera to cover the title role of Der fliegende Holländer (Wagner).

Byron is artistic director of BJ Music Events LTD, a non-for-profit organisation to bring opera as an art form to the people of the West Midlands and in their communities. It strives to provide singers and musicians of diverse backgrounds a chance to perform and develop their craft. This culminated in a very successful opera gala concert with the Sinfonia of Birmingham conducted by Michael Lloyd at the Adrian Boult Hall, June 2015

Upcoming Events

Pitch Your Inner Voice
Vocal Workshops and presentations available by Byron Jackson.

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English National Opera
Frazier (Porgy and Bess) - Gershwin

November/December 2018

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Dutch National Opera

Frazier (Porgy and Bess) - Gershwin

January 2019

 

 

Pegasus Opera Company