Bud Roach, Tenor
Described by Opera Canada as having an "attractive, bright sound", Bud Roach has established himself as a performer of both early music and the contemporary. Beginning his career as an oboist, he began singing tenor in 2005, and since that time has performed with many of Canada's finest ensembles.
After earning a Master of Music degree from Yale University in oboe performance, Bud performed frequently with the orchestras of the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, and Orchestra London. From 1997-2004 he held Oboe and English Horn positions in the United States, with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theater, and the Buffalo Philharmonic.
Since his invitation by Lydia Adams in 2005 to join the Elmer Iseler Singers, Bud has had many solo opportunities with that ensemble, including the role of "Trickster" in the Melissa Hui/Tomson Highway opera The Journey, the first opera in the Cree language (Soundstreams Canada). This performance prompted the Toronto Star to declare him a "must-hear lyric tenor". The Globe and Mail was equally enthusiastic: "Bud Roach was superb…this oboist-turned-singer not only has a beautiful lyric tenor, but is a natural on stage".
In concert, he has appeared with the Toronto Consort, Soundstreams, The Toronto Chamber Choir, the Grand River Baroque Festival, the Ottawa Choral Society, the Amadeus Choir, Arcady, the Tallis Choir, the Toronto Continuo Collective, and the Jerusalem Early Music Workshop, performing the title role in Carissimi's Jephte. Bud has been a frequent soloist with the Aradia Ensemble, earning critical praise from the American Record Guide and BarnesandNoble.com for the Naxos label recording of Handel's Israel in Egypt. A second Naxos recording (Samuel Arnold's ballad opera Polly) was released in May of 2010. Opera credits include the roles of Tamino, Almaviva, and Ernesto.
Recent projects include the Canadian premiere of Andrew Staniland's "Calamus 6" (Walt Whitman) as part of the Canadian Music Centre's "Intimate Spaces" project at Toronto's Nuit Blanche Festival. Bud also attended the Britten-Pears School at Aldeburgh for performances of the St. John Passion with Mark Padmore, and performed Bach's B Minor Mass at the Canadian Bach Festival in South Huron.
In 2009 Bud formed the ensemble Capella Intima, which received a very enthusiastic welcome to the early music scene. This ensemble specializes in the sacred music of the 17th century. Further information can be found at http://www.capellaintima.com
His work with Lucas Harris and the Toronto Continuo Collective has led to a keen interest in the lost art of the self-accompanied musician. With the generous assistance of the Canada Council, studies on the theorbo and baroque guitar have led to performances at the American Bach Soloists Summer Academy, as well as frequent appearances in Toronto, including Capella Intima. Bud's premiere recording of arias from Alessandro Grandi's 3rd Volume of Arias from 1626 was released this past summer on the Musica Omnia label.
Highlights for the 2011-2012 season included a concert of English anthems with the Aradia Ensemble, a concert of duos and dialogues with the Musicians in Ordinary, performances of Handel's Messiah with the Bach Elgar Choir, the Gerald Fagan Singers, and Arcady, and motets by Rosenmuller with the Toronto Consort, Bach's Cantata 147 with the Victoria Symphony and the Elmer Iseler Singers, Schedrin's The Sealed Angel for Soundstreams Canada, and the premiere of a new work by Christopher Butterfield with the Continuum ensemble.
The 2012-13 season includes repeat appearances with the Bach Elgar Choir (Bach's Magnificat), the London Fanshawe Symphonic Chorus (Messiah), and the Toronto Consort (Praetorious and Cavalli), as well as debut appearances with the Talisker Players (Mad Dogs and Englishmen) and the Thunder Bay Symphony (Mozart's Requiem) as well as appearances at the Bach Festival of Canada (St. John Passion and Capella Intima), and Ottawa's Chamberfest, in a concert of Gershwin songs with Rob Kapilow. The Canadian Music Centre will play host for a benefit concert in June for the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, which will feature premieres of works by Andrew Staniland and Jeffrey Ryan. To announce the release on the Musica Omnia label of "Sospiro - Alessandro Grandi's 3rd volume of arias from 1626", Bud will present three Fringe Concerts at the Boston Early Music Festival in June. Capella Intima will also be presenting two programmes this season, thanks to the generous assistance of the Ontario Arts Council.
Hamilton tenor Bud Roach maintains a busy schedule of performances from the Baroque to the contemporary. Bud’s recordings for the Musica Omnia label have been recognized internationally as ground-breaking achievements in historically-informed performance practice. “Roach is marvellous throughout….Five stars” (Early Music Today, UK). Recent recital appearances include Toronto (Early Music Centre), the Midtown Concert Series (New York), and the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Series (“revelatory concerts”- Early Music America). Highlights for the 2016-17 season include concert appearances with La Chapelle de Quebec, the Hamilton Philharmonic, Bach Elgar Choir, Nota Bene Baroque Players, the Menno Singers, Soundstreams Canada, the Spiritus Ensemble, Talisker Players, and Toronto Masque Theatre. Recital appearances include Boston, New York, Hamilton, Guelph, and Thunder Bay, as well as a lecture/recital on the self-accompanied performance tradition at the Historical Performance Institute, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. With Capella Intima, whose debut recording for Musica Omnia of spiritual canzonettas is receiving international acclaim, he leads programmes in Hamilton, Toronto, and Kitchener. Bud is also the founder and Artistic Director of the HAMMER BAROQUE concert series, presenting some of Canada’s finest early music performers.