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Winner of the London Handel Singing Competition 2020 and Villa Medici Prize winner at the Grange Festival International Singing Competition 2019, British baritone Jerome Knox was born into a musical family and attended the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London where he sang in the Schola Cantorum. Jerome graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Classical Studies and completed a Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music, studying with Dinah Harris and Russell Smythe. He then joined the Alexander Gibson Opera school at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as the inaugural Gleneagles Scholar and was generously supported by the SIr James Caird Travelling Scholarship.
Solo operatic engagements include: Faust The Fiery Angel (Scottish Opera), title role Don Giovanni (Waterperry Opera Festival, Hampstead Garden Opera); Leporello Don Giovanni, Marcello La bohème (Rye Arts Festival); Oreste Iphigénie en Tauride (Euphonia); Melisso Alcina (Ryedale Festival); Schaunard La bohème (Magnetic Opera); Death The Emperor of Atlantis, Dr Falke Die Fledermaus, Pallante Agrippina (RCS). He created the role of WH Auden in Journeying Boys by Iain Burnside at RCM and performed the Lieutenant in Yeoman of the Guard/Sullivan in Portsmouth Guildhall. Jerome is equally at home in performing contemporary opera and created the role of Professor in Hogarth's Stages and Earl Marischal in The King and his Shadow with Tete a Tete Opera, directed by Bill Bankes-Jones. Jerome recently performed live on BBC Radio 3 with Kitty Whately at the Wigmore Hall.
Solo concert work includes Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Dona Nobis Pacem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Bach’s St John Passion, B Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio. He recently performed the role of Hérodes in Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ with the Pimlott Foundation. He regularly performs with the Dunedin Consort, recently at the BBC Proms and has toured with them throughout the UK and Europe. He performed Handel's Messiah with The Really Big Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall in 2019 with conductor Brian Kay and premiered The Holy Face with Halifax Choral Society to celebrate their Bi-centenary year 2018.
Jerome joined the Glyndebourne Chorus for their summer season 2018 performing in Giulio Cesare, Der Rosenkavalier and Pelléas et Mélisande. He then made his solo debut on the Glyndebourne Tour 2018 as Flora's servant in La Traviata. In 2019, he was an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera, covering the role of Mesetto in Don Giovanni. The beginning of 2020 saw Jerome cover the lead baritone role in Philip Venables award winning opera Denis & Katya with Music theatre Wales before the Covid-19 pandemic closed all theatres and cancelled all plans.
During Lockdown, Jerome sang the role of Le Chat in VOPERA's critically acclaimed film version of L'enfant et les Sortileges by Ravel, recorded virtually in isolation. Jerome was also lucky enough to perform three opera gala concerts at the outdoor Minack theatre, West Cornwall with pianist Timothy Dean in September 2020.
In 2021, he returns to cover the title role of Eugene Onegin as an Alvarez Young artist and perform the role of Captain in Eugene Onegin, making his main stage debut at Garsington Opera.