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Born London.

English tenor.

Luke Sinclair  grew up in Oxfordshire before training in Glasgow under Scott Johnson at the Opera School of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  Support came from an RCS Foundation scholarship, the Jim Forson singing bursary and the Sir Richard Stapley Trust.  He was a highly commended finalist in the Ye Cronies Opera Award, and was also a major prizewinner in the International Singing Competition at Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg in 2015.

Roles during his time at RCS included Monteverdi (Lucano The Coronation of Poppea,  Giove The Return of Ulysses);  Nicolai (Slender The Merry Wives of Windsor);  Vaughan Williams (Fenton Sir John in Love) and Poulenc (Husband Les mamelles de Tirésias).

At Schloss Rheinsberg he created Julian in Adriana (Marc-Aurel Floros 2015).  Also in Germany he worked with Szene 12, Dresden (Rodolfo).

Operatic appearances in Britain include Co-opera Co (Lysander);  British Youth Opera (Blues Singer Paul Bunyan); Bristol Operatic (Don Ottavio);  Fife Opera (Don José) and Edinburgh Grand (Rodolfo).  His Edinburgh International Festival debut in 2016 was as an Apostle in the Elgar oratorio.  In 2017 he worked with New Sussex Opera (Sali A Village Romeo and Juliet);  Swansea City Opera (Gérald Lakmé); Buxton Festival (Malcolm in the 1847 version of Macbeth,  High Priest Idomeneo, Itulbo and Zamoro in Verdi's Alzira).  Parts in 2018 included University College Opera (title role in UK premiere of Gounod's Polyeucte).

He also returned to Scotland for a leading role in the UK premiere of Song of the Night for the Hans Gál Society (Edinburgh Queen's Hall) and to work with Opera Bohemia (Rodolfo).  His solo debut with Scottish Opera was Mephistopheles in The Fiery Angel.

For the 2017/18 season he joined the Opera Studio development programme at the Opéra de Lyon under the direction of Jean-Paul Fouchécourt.  He made his solo debut as the Kuli in Zemlinsky's Der Kreidekreis.

For 2018/19 and 2019/20 he moved to the Solo Ensemble at Theater Ulm (in Baden-Württemberg on the Danube), with roles including Donizetti (both Normanno and Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor);  Wagner (Steuermann Der fliegende Holländer);  Egon von Wildenhagen in Der Vetter aus Dingsda (a 1921 operetta by Eduard Künneke);  Janáček (Lapák & Woodpecker Cunning Little Vixen) and Loewe (Freddy My Fair Lady).  Subsequent appearances in the ensemble at Ulm include Beethoven (Jacquino);  Verdi (Duke of Mantua);  Massenet (Prince Charmant Cendrillon);   Projected appearances in works by Kálmán (Count Boni Die Csárdásfürstin) and Charles Tournemire (Le Nain Frocin in La Légende de Tristan premiere) were lost due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) shut down.

For the 2020/21 season he moved on to become a member of the Salzburg Landestheater ensemble.  Roles include Mozart (Tamino, First Armed Man);  Gounod (Faust); Ábrahám (Captain Harald Stone Die Blume von Hawaii); Alma Deutscher (Prince Charming Cinderella);  Stuart MacRae (Vasco Anthropocoene - Austrian premiere).

Roles in Salzburg for the 1921/22 season include Don José, Tamino, Tanzmeister & Scaramuccio Ariadne auf Naxos at the Landestheater and Macduff at the Felsenreitschule.

For his Swiss debut at Geneva he will sing Herod in a concert performance of Salome

His expanding concert and oratorio repertoire includes UK appearances at Dartington, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Ayr, Inverness, and Aberdeen.  He has sung major parts by Handel (Messiah),  Haydn (Seven Last Words);  Mozart (C minor MassRequiem);  Beethoven (Symphony no9);  Rossini (Stabat Mater),  Mendelssohn (Elijah);  Schumann (Requiem);   Verdi (Messa da Requiem);  Puccini (Messa di Gloria),   Elgar (Dream of Gerontius); Mahler (Das Lied von der Erde) and  Goodall (Requiem).

At Ulm he sang Schubert's Winterreise in the orchestral transcription by Hans Zender.

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