Hubert Francis


In the 2019-20 season, UK-based Australian tenor, Hubert (Hugh) Francis travels to USA to sing the role of Klaus-Narr in Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. He returns to The Royal Opera House Covent Garden to revive his portrayal as Spoletta Tosca, a role he sings there every season and in which he can be seen on the DVD with Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel.

Last season Hugh travelled to Israeli Opera to sing the role of Herod Salome and in Helsinki he sang the role of Hauptmann in the acclaimed David McVicar production of Wozzeck at Finnish National Opera.

“The singer who made the biggest impression was Hubert Francis in the role of the slippery boyar Prince Shuisky. Rolling his tongue around the Russian text with relish, he presented exactly the extrovert characterisation required. His manipulation of Boris, informing him of a Pretender to the throne, was deliciously wicked.”

Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack

“Portrayed as so bloated as to require being carried around, the Herod of Hubert Francis boasted a strong, musical tenor.”

John Allison, Opera Magazine, April 2019

ADAMS Nixon in China (Chairman Mao)
BEETHOVEN Fidelio (Florestan)
BERG Wozzeck (Captain, Drum Major)
BRITTEN The Rape of Lucretia (Male Chorus)
DVOŘÁK Rusalka (Gamekeeper)
ENESCU Oedipe (Lajos)
JANÁČEK From the House of the Dead (Luka Kuzmič/Kedril/Hlas)
The Makropoulos Case (Vitek)
KEABLE Burning Waters (Poole)
KRENEK Karl V (Ferdinand)
MARTINŮ The Greek Passion (Yannakos)
MASON Playing Away (Terry Bond)
MOZART The Marriage of Figaro (Don Basilio)
MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov (Shuisky)
PROKOFIEV The Gambler (Marquis, 1st Croupier)
PUCCINI La fanciulla del West (Trin)
Madama Butterfly (Goro)
Tosca (Spoletta)
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya (The Bearhandler)
SHOSTAKOVICH Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Zinoviy/Shabby Peasant)
The Nose (Ivan)
STRAUSS Die Frau ohne Schatten (Hunchback)
Elektra (Young Servant)
Salome (Herod, 1st Jew, 2nd Jew, 3rd Jew)
TCHAIKOVSKY The Queen of Spades (Hermann, Chekalinsky)
ULLMANN Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Harlekin)
VERDI Les vêpres siciliennes (Thibault)
WAGNER Das Rheingold (Loge)
WEILL The Rise and Fall of the City Mahagonny (Toby Higgins)