A Harewood Artist at English National Opera, British bass-baritone Ossian Huskinson is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he was one of the esteemed Bicentenary Scholars, studying there for four years with Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham. He is also the First Prize Winner – as well as recipient of The Audience Prize – of the 2021 Clonter Opera Competition and a Finalist at Neue-Stimmen 2022.
At the Royal Academy of Music, he was one of the soloists for the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series, in addition to being a member of the Academy Song Circle. Roles with Academy Opera included Bottom A Midsummer Night’s Dream Dream, Le Philosophe Chérubin, Sarastro Die Zauberflöte and King René Iolanta.
Awarded the Simon Sandbach Award for his performance as Zaretsky Eugene Onegin at Garsington Opera at Wormsley, he returned in Summer 2022 to sing Pluto in John Caird’s acclaimed production of L’Orfeo, conducted by Laurence Cummings.
His wider operatic engagements have included Bob Becket HMS Pinafore and Harašta The Cunning Little Vixen for English National Opera, Sarastro The Magic Flute for Dorset Opera Festival and Lackey Ariadne auf Naxos at the Edinburgh International Festival.
An accomplished concert artist, his engagements have included J. S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Cathedral, Bach’s St John Passion with Jonathan Willcocks at the Leith Hill Music Festival, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with City of Cambridge Symphonic Orchestra and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the Chichester Singers.
His debut solo recital The Roadside Fire (Farrar Vagabond Songs and Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel), with pianist Matthew Fletcher, is now available on Linn Download as part of The Royal Academy of Music Bicentenary Series.
Engagements during 2022 / 2023 include Angel in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life and Sciarrone Tosca for English National Opera and Truffaldino Ariadne auf Naxos for Garsington Opera at Wormsley. In concert, he sings Verdi Requiem for The Really Big Chorus at London’s Royal Albert Hall. He also makes his debut at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, singing roles including First Priest / Second Armed Man Die Zauberflöte and Pietro Simon Boccanegra, and will sing Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at the Beethovenfest Bonn.
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The Roadside Fire / Linn Records 2022
“This new disc reveals him to have a finely burnished and beautifully flexible bass-baritone voice, his fluidity and sense of line perhaps surprising given the deep dark tone, but he can also lighten things. His performance of RVW’s Songs of Travel is notable for the wide variety of timbre that he brings to the piece, allied to remarkable dynamic range. Yes, the voice thrills in the climaxes but in the serious centre of the cycle in numbers six and seven, he can be finely intimate and gentle, even in the higher reaches. And his diction is very fine indeed.”
Sciarrone: Tosca / English National Opera 2022
“Notable among the smaller parts…Ossian Huskinson as police agent Sciarrone.”
Sarastro: The Magic Flute / Dorset Opera Festival 2022
“Oscar Huskinson’s Sarastro showed remarkable breath-control, clarity of diction and tonal refinement.”
“Ossian Huskinson adds further renown to his already burgeoning reputation with a Sarastro vocalised to perfection.”
Pluto: L’Orfeo / Garsington Opera at Wormsley 2022
“Ossian Huskinson makes a sepulchral-voiced Pluto…”
The Financial Times
“Ossian Huskinson was strong but yielding as Pluto.”
Harašta: The Cunning Little Vixen / English National Opera 2022
“Ossian Huskinson makes an impressive impact as the poacher Harašta, exemplarily clear.”
“The other standout assumption is that of Ossian Huskinson’s Harašta, (the poacher), strong, almost elemental, as if to remind us that humans, like animals, have an emotional, reactive side that is most prevalent in youth.”
Seen and Heard International
Bob Becket: HMS Pinafore / English National Opera 2021
“Ossian Huskinson’s beefcake Bob Becket…luxury casting indeed.”
“Ossian Huskinson is a fine Bob Becket.”