Lynton Atkinson - Course Director
His career as tenor soloist in opera, concert and oratorio began soon after his training at Cambridge University, leading to performances in prestigious venues throughout the world including The Royal Opera (where he was a contract principal artist), Strasbourg Opera, The Dutch National Opera, Turin Opera, Berlin, Trieste and Dublin. He has performed in the Musikverein Vienna, with the RAI orchestra in Milan, and Monteverdi's Vespers in such venues as Westminster Abbey, Winchester and Norwich Cathedrals, Cologne's Philharmonie, Berlin's Neues Schauspielhaus, Disney Hall in Los Angeles and at the Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals. In the USA he sang the title roles in Monteverdi's Orfeo and Il Ritorno d’Ulisse with Boston Baroque, to critical acclaim.
He has performed with artists including Willard White, Andreas Scholl, Simon Keenlyside CBE, Dame Janet Baker, Dame Emma Kirkby, Roderick Williams, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Jose Carreras, John Tomlinson CBE, Sir Thomas Allen, under conductors including René Jacobs, Bernard Haitink, Richard Bonynge CBE, William Christie, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Neville Marriner and Sir Simon Rattle.
Lynton is a Vocal Professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and teaches at Winchester College in addition to his busy private practice in London, Winchester and Bournemouth. He has established a reputation as an inspiring and effective teacher. He is an accomplished accompanist with excellent keyboard skills.
This exciting new company, which showcases some of the finest young singers in the country, was the brainchild of Lynton and his wife Joy in 2017. With Hurn Court Opera he directed Handel's Acis and Galatea from the harpsichord and conducted Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Bach's Kaffekantate and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, all staged by Joy Robinson.
In 2011 Lynton founded and continues to direct the flourishing Wessex Solo Singers Courses which help singers to develop technical and presentational skills through frequent performance practice. So far there have been 25 courses, each attracting up to 60 singers and high-calibre staff. As a result of their success Lynton was invited to be Musical Director of the prestigious Cratoule summer singing course in France in 2017 and 2018.