Bass / Artistic Director
Jonathan Sells is an international concert and opera singer, artistic director and conductor. The British-Swiss bass-baritone has performed in some of the world’s most renowned venues, such as Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, with conductors including William Christie, John Eliot Gardiner, Ton Koopman, Roger Norrington, and Frieder Bernius. His appearances on the opera stage include the Teatro Real in Madrid, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Zurich Opera. His deep love for music of the 17th and 18th centuries led Jonathan Sells to found what is now Solomon’s Knot, a group that transforms the performance of this music in a way that connects more powerfully with modern audiences. As artistic director of the collective, he has taken their memorised, conductorless performances of Bach, Gesualdo, Charpentier, Handel, Purcell and others to Wigmore Hall, BBC Proms, Aldeburgh Festival, Spitalfields Music, Bachfest Leipzig, Halle Händel Festspiele, Regensburger Tage Alter Musik, Thüringer Bachwochen and Monteverdi Tuscany. Open, flexible and collaborative, they have worked with Spira mirabilis, Mira Calix, Sven Werner and many more, and are grateful to have been Aldeburgh Music/Snape Maltings Open Space residents.