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English baritone.

Roland Wood studied in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music then in London at the National Opera Studio.  In 2000 he won Second Prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Awards.  In 2003 he was a semi-finalist at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

With Scottish Opera he was a Company Principal from 2002 to 2004.  He toured with Essential Scottish Opera in 2001.  Concert engagements include the Verdi Collection and Puccini Collectin.  Appearances with the company have included Mozart (Papageno);  Donizetti (Dulcamara); Verdi (Marullo, Luna, Falstaff);  Bizet (Escamillo);  J Strauss (Falke);  Massenet (Albert Werther);  Humperdinck (Peter);  Puccini (Schaunard, Marcello, Scarpia, Sonora Fanciulla del West, Michele, Schicchi); Mascagni (Kyoto Iris);  Strauss (Storch Imtermezzo);  Debussy (Golaud); Rachmaninov (Baron Miserly Knight).

With English Touring Opera roles in Scotland include Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin.  For an opening concert at the Edinburgh Festival he sang Maximilian & Captain (Bernstein's Candide).

With English National Opera he has sung - Mozart (Almavviva,  Papageno);  Verdi (Paolo Simon Boccanegra);  Bizet (Zurga);  Mascagni (Alfio); Puccini (Marcello, Scarpia);  Vaughan Williams (Bunyan & Pilgrim);  Adams (Kissinger Nixon in China).  He created Oedipus in Thebans (John Anderson). 

Other roles with British companies include the Royal Opera: Verdi (Ford); Giordano (Roucher Andrea Chénier).

Glyndebourne Festival: (Nick Shadow).

Opera North: (Germont).

Welsh National: (Nottingham Roberto Devereux, Germont, Renato Un ballo in maschera).

Grange Park (Renato, Scarpia).

CBSO: Forester Cunning Little Vixen.

He has sung with Canadian Opera (Rigoletto, Renato, Gianni Schicchi);  Stuttgart (Rigoletto, Scarpia); St Louis (Macbeth);  Michigan Opera Theatre (Rigoletto); Santa Fe (Germont);  Amsterdam Reisopera (Germont, Renato, Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor); Detroit (Rigoletto).

On DVD he can be seen as Roucher Andrea Chenier (Royal Opera 2015).

Roles in Scotland

Marcello a painter
Bohème 2001
Bohème 2020
Falke a notary and friend of Eisenstein
Fledermaus 2002
Marullo a courtier
Rigoletto 2003
Papageno a bird-catcher
Zauberflöte 2003
Zauberflöte 2004
Schaunard a musician
Bohème 2004
Candide 2007
Candide 2007
Eugene Onegin Lensky's friend
Eugene Onegin 2007
Don Giovanni a young nobleman
Don Giovanni 2008
Don Giovanni 2022
Sonora a miner
Fanciulla del West 2010
Robert Storch a composer
Intermezzo 2011
Albert engaged to Charlotte
Werther 2013
Count di Luna a young noble of Aragon
Trovatore 2015
Escamillo a toreador
Carmen 2015
Pelléas and Mélisande 2017
Baron Scarpia Chief of Police
Tosca 2019
Kyoto keeper of a geisha house
Iris 2019
Sir John Falstaff a knight
Falstaff 2021
Puccini Collection 2021
Baron a miser, Albert's father
Miserly Knight 2022
Michele a barge owner, aged fifty
Tabarro 2023
Gianni Schicchi aged fifty-one
Gianni Schicchi 2023
Karl Marx an (in)famous German socialist philosopher, aged 53
Marx in London! 2024
French Collection 2024
Merlin the computer wizard
New Year 2024

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