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Edwin Hawkes's Profile
Name Mr Edwin Hawkes
Voice Bass
Country United Kingdom
Agent 1 Hayes Walker Management Ltd
Summary Edwin Hawkes, bass, made his professional debut as a concert soloist whilst still an undergraduate at Oxford University, where he was a choral scholar, reading Modern History and Politics. He won a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music, but elected instead to continue his academic studies with an MA in Japanese Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College, London University whilst continuing his singing privately with his teacher Robert Alderson.

Since then he has covered the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera performed Boots, Der Rosenkavalier, covered the Bonze and The Notary, Madame Butterfly, for Scottish Opera and Alidoro, Cinderella for Scottish Opera Tour and Go Round, Colline La Bohème for British Youth Opera and Bury Court Opera/Southbank Sinfonia, Adolfo, Alfonso und Estrella(Schubert) for University College Opera, Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Brava, Count Horn, Un Ballo in Maschera and the title role in The Mikado for Surrey Opera, Zaccaria, Nabucco at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and The Bonze for Grassington Festival Opera.

On the concert platform Edwin has sung as a recitalist and oratorio soloist across the country and beyond, most notably Messiah with the Bulawayo Symphony Orchestra, Zimbabwe. He has worked with orchestras such as the Manchester Camerata, and his repertoire ranges from the Requiems of Mozart, Verdi and Fauré to Haydn Nelson Mass, St Cecilia Mass, The Creation; Handel Solomon, Apollo and Daphne; Vaughan Williams Five Tudor Portraits and A Pilgrim's Journey; Tippet Five Negro Spirituals, Bach BWV 81 Ich Habe Genug, Mendelssohn Elijah, Gounod St Cecilia Mass, and many others in the bass canon. As a recitalist he has a particular affinity for 20th Century British song, having performed many of the song cycles of Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Butterworth, and Quilter.

He created the role of Cleopas in John Caldwell's Opera/Oratorio Pascha Nostrum at Tewkesbury Abbey, a role that won him considerable critical acclaim ("A searingly delivered performance" - the Independent; "the powerful bass Edwin Hawkes...” - The Times.) His success in this role led to the composer writing the song cycle Intimations of Mortality, set to texts from R.L.Stevenson's Songs of Travel, especially for him. This was performed, alongside Vaughan Williams' settings of poems from the same work, at the opening concert of the Oxford Summer Opera Festival 2002 to further critical acclaim. Other recital programmes include a programme of Japanese art songs by Toru Takemitsu and Yoshinao Nakada alongside Okinawan Folksongs with his regular accompanist Noel Charles.

Edwin is currently at Scottish Opera covering the role of Baron Douphol, La Traviata.