Edward Hawkins

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Born in London, Edward read music at King’s College, London, studying trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music with Ian Wilson. Having begun singing in his late twenties, he quickly began to develop a professional career, studying with Russell Smythe and Gary Coward. In 2015 Edward became a member of the Glyndebourne Chorus, where he appeared in various critically acclaimed productions, including performances at the BBC Proms and worldwide cinema broadcasts.

Recent and future engagements include Somnus Semeele (Opera Collective Ireland), Achilla Giulio Cesare, General Polkan The Golden Cockerel, St John Passion and cover Colline La Boheme (English Touring Opera) and covering several roles for Glyndebourne, including Rocco Fidelio, Father Trulove The Rake’s Progress, Flora’s Servant La Traviata, Sparafucile Rigoletto. During the period of theatre closures, Edward filmed two staged song cycles by Shostakovich (Romances on Verses by English Poets and Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti) for ETO.

Previous engagements have included the Doctor and Banquo Macbeth, and the voice of Neptune Idomeneo (ETO), Banquo (Duchy Opera at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall), Luka The Bear, Long Tom Merrie England, Sergeant Merrill Yeomen of the Guard and Polyphemus Acis and Galatea.

Somnus-Semele-Opera Collective Ireland

It is, of all things, the representation of Somnus, god of sleep, by bass Edward Hawkins, that brings the evening to a higher level. His singing is lucidly sonorous, gravely Handelian but with a sharp comic twist, and every word is clear. Aside from the vocal gymnastics, it is this production’s great showstopping moment.

The Irish Times (August 2022)

The Golden Cockerel - ETO

Edward Hawkins was a sturdy Polkan

Opera Magazine (May 2022)

Achilla - Giulio Cesare - English Touring Opera

Edward Hawkins’ towering Achilla was another standout, making the most of the character’s brief arias

BachTrack (2019)

Voice of Neptune - Idomeneo - English Touring Opera

As the Voice of Neptune, Ed Hawkins was fittingly resonant and imposing

Opera Today (March 2019)