Praised as “full-voiced, focussed and fearless” [Opera Magazine] and “ardent, fresh toned and promisingly tireless” [The Guardian], Jonathan Stoughton’s significant débuts as Bacchus Ariadne auf Naxos, The Prince Rusalka and Siegfried Siegfried have established him as one of the most exciting British Heldentenors to emerge in recent years.
Recent operatic engagements include a company début for Opera North in the rôle of Turiddu Cavalleria rusticana, Siegfried Götterdämmerung at Saffron Hall, Vakula Christmas Eve for Chelsea Opera Group, Bacchus Ariadne auf Naxos and Erik Der Fliegende Holländer (both for Longborough Festival Opera) in addition to the cover of Der Fremde Das Wunder der Heliane for the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In Autumn 2018 Jonathan joined the artist roster at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to be the official cover for Siegfried Siegfried and Siegfried Götterdämmerung and later in the season made a critically-acclaimed company début for the State Opera, Prague as Max Jonny spielt auf. Future plans include a return to the Royal Opera House as the official cover for Florestan Fidelio, Siegfried in Longborough Festival Opera’s Ring Cycle and major German house débuts as Walther von Stolzing Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Siegmund Die Walküre, Parsifal Parsifal and Siegfried Götterdämmerung.
Jonathan Stoughton made his professional début for Glyndebourne on Tour in the rôle of Steva Jenufa and has since been engaged by English National Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, West Green House Opera, Dorset Opera and Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn. His rôles include The Prince Rusalka, Florestan Fidelio, Siegfried Götterdämmerung, Siegfried Siegfried, Walther von Stolzing Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Don José Carmen, Radames Aida, Gustavo Un Ballo in maschera, Alwa (Jimmy) American Lulu and Bacchus Ariadne auf Naxos.
Recent concert performances include Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Das Lied von der Erde with Bath Philharmonia, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Sheldonian Theatre and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius at the Shaldon Festival. In opera galas, performances have taken him to the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Cadogan Hall and the National Opera House, Wexford.
Jonathan Stoughton trained at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. His studies were further supported by the Wagner Society and by the Mastersingers. Jonathan was runner-up in the 2013 Wagner Society Singing Competition and was the winner of the Carole Rees Award for Advanced Musical Studies in Wagnerian Repertoire in 2017.