The official site of opera singer Paul Hudson
Paul joined the church choir at the age of 9, discovered he had a voice and was soon winning prizes at music festivals throughout the north. His career path was set.
After training in voice, piano and viola at Huddersfield College, Yorkshire born Paul Hudson gained an Open Scholarship to the Royal College of Music, then continued his studies at the London Opera Centre. His debut with the Royal Opera came in 1970 and he has since made over 600 appearances with the company. He gained particular acclaim for the roles of Swallow (Peter Grimes), The King (Taverner), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Billy Jack Rabbit (Fanciulla del West), Aide (We come to the River) and Gubetta (Lucrezia Borgia), becoming renowned for his expertise with contemporary works and his ability as an actor.
Performances with English National Opera include Philip (Don Carlos), Seneca (Coronation of Poppea), Count Waldner (Arabella), Raleigh (Gloriana). Roles with Welsh National Opera include Colline (Boheme), The Athlete (Lulu), Bottom (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Monk/Inquisitor (Don Carlos), Sarastro (Magic Flute) and Antonio (Marriage of Figaro).
Other notable UK performances include the title role of Figaro (Marriage of Figaro) and Daland (Flying Dutchman) with Opera North; Rocco (Fidelio) with English Touring Opera; The Commendatore (Don Giovanni) with Bath & Wessex Opera; Nourabad (Pearl Fishers) and Sarastro (Magic Flute) with Swansea City Opera and Zurniga (Carmen) and Sparafucile (Rigoletto) with InterOpera.
Paul made his USA debut with the San Francisco Opera singing Dansker (Billy Budd) and Colline (Boheme) shortly followed by The Bailiff (Werther) and Angelotti (Tosca). He has since appeared in Dallas, San Diego (Swallow, Peter Grimes) and Pittsburgh (Sparafucile, Rigoletto). Other international engagements have taken him to Johannesburg and Pretoria (Fiesco, Simone Boccanegra and Don Basilio, Barber of Seville), Brisbane (Mephisto, Faust and Figaro, Marriage of Figaro), Buenos Aires (The King, Aida), Japan, Korea, Spain and France.
Paul’s career has placed equal emphasis on opera and concert work. He has performed the major oratorios with the world’s leading orchestras, including the rarely performed Il Cacico (Il Guarany) at the Queen Elizabeth Hall; singing the Landgraf (in a concert version of Tannhauser); Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a Thousand’, Martinu’s ‘Greek Passion’ for the BBC at the Barbican, the King in a concert version of ‘Aida’ with the Hull Philharmonic, and Handel’s oratorio ‘Samson’, at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.
As well as grand opera and oratorio, Paul’s wide repertoire also embraces Gilbert & Sullivan and light music and he is a popular guest artist with a number of male voice choirs. He has had his own programme on BBC Radio 2, ‘Paul Hudson Sings’ and frequently performs concerts of popular arias and songs around the UK.
He has a number of DVDs on release including ‘Lucrezia Borgia’, ‘Fanciulla del West’, ‘Pirates of Penzance’ and ‘Ruddigore’. His numerous CD recordings include works with Solti, Bernstein, Boulez and Levine.
Paul recently appeared in Manon (De Grieux) with Scottish Opera, Fidelio (Rocco) with Welsh National Opera, Barber of Seville (Don Basilio) with Swansea City Opera and La Boheme (Colline) with OperaViva.