Thorvald Blough is a Canadian/American baritone who currently resides in London. He studied singing at the University of California, Santa Barbara and acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Thorvald studies singing with Gary Coward, and coaches with Nuccia Focile, Jane Robinson, and Michael Waldron.


Last year, Thorvald sang the role of Papageno in Cavatina Opera’s production of The Magic Flute and the role of Ramiro in Opera Alegrìa’s production of L’heure espagnole as part of the Grimeborn Festival. In 2017, he sang Sid in Albert Herring (Pigotts Music Camp), Masetto in Don Giovanni (Opera Piccolina), and Plunkett in Flotow’s Martha (Brent Opera). This summer he looks forward to singing Il conte in Le nozze di Figaro with St. Paul’s Opera in Clapham.


Last autumn, Thorvald joined the Opera Rara chorus, the LPO, Mark Elder and soloists including Ermonela Jaho for a recording and concert performance of Puccini’s first opera, Le villi. For the past five summers, Thorvald has sung with the Opera Holland Park chorus. This year, the chorus will participate in a performance of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress conducted by Barbara Hannigan at the Aldeburgh Festival.


On the concert platform, Thorvald was one of the featured artists at the 2018 Arcadia Festival, run by violinist Thomas Bowes and composer Eleanor Alberga in the beautiful countryside around Ludlow. He sang in a series of concerts culminating in a concert of Bach’s cantata, Ich habe genug. Earlier this year, he sang the title role of Mendelssohn’s great oratorio Elijah with the Hampton Choral Society, under Richard Harker.

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Photography by Craig Merrill