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Ivo Ivanov

Ivo Ivanov

Assistant Artist Manager


Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

About Hugh

Hugh Cutting is a graduate of the Royal College of Music where he was a member of the International Opera Studio. On graduating, he was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal, presented by King Charles III. In the autumn of 2021, Hugh became the first countertenor to win the Kathleen Ferrier Award and to become a BBC New Generation Artist (2022-24).

During his first professional season in 2022/23 Hugh made his debut at Opernhaus Zürich singing Monteverdi, sang Arsace Partenope on tour in Europe with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, made his debut at Wigmore Hall, and sang Bach's St Matthew Passion at Carnegie Hall with Bernard Labadie and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, marking his U.S. debut.

He has gone on to sing Polinesso in Handel's Ariodante with les Arts Florissants, Arsace in Berenice with il Pomo d'Oro, and Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Masaaki Suzuki. He made role debuts as the Boy in George Benjamin's Written on Skin in Stavanger, Ariel in Anthony Bolton's new Island of Dreams at Grange Park Opera, and Dardano in Handel's Amadigi with The English Concert and Harry Bicket.

In the 2024/25 season he makes his debut at La Scala Milan singing Corindo in Cesti's Orontea, makes his U.S. opera debut in the title role of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, his Australian debut singing Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare for Pinchgut Opera and Unulfo in Handel's Rodelinda at the Garsington Festival.

Concerts this season include Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover and Bernard Labadie, Messiah with the Tonkunstler Orchestra and Ivor Bolton, St Matthew Passion with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Jonathan Cohen, and Bach's solo Cantatas with les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie in Quebec City and Montreal.

A committed recitalist, he has premiered works by Alex Ho, Piers Connor Kennedy, Elena Langer, Anna Semple and Tara Viscardi.

Hugh is based in London

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Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

Season Highlights

Sep 2024 - Oct 2024
Teatro alla Scala Milan
Cesti Orontea (Corinde) Giovanni Antonini (conductor)
Oct 2024 - Oct 2024
Quebec and Montreal
Bach Solo Cantatas Bernard Labadie (conductor) Les Violons du Roy
Oct 2024 - Oct 2024
Quebec City and Montreal
Bach Solo Cantatas les Violons du Roy Bernard Labadie (conductor)


Selected Repertoire

BenjaminWritten on Skin (Boy)
BoltonIsland of Dreams (Ariel)
CestiOrontea (Corindo)
DoveFlight (Refugee)
HandelAgrippina (Nerone)   •   Amadigi di Gaula (Dardano)   •   Ariodante (Polinesso)   •   Berenice (Arsace)   •   Giulio Cesare (Tolomeo)   •   Partenope (Arsace)   •   Rodelinda (Bertarido, Unulfo)



  • 'The South Country' - Brighton Festival

    Brighton Dome Studio Theatre
    May 2024
    • We expected good – very good – and got more than excellent! This year, ... they presented a winning collection of Sussex songs and poems. Some were whimsical, others passionate, all delivered with beguiling musicality and acted with great charm.