Greg Tassell (tenor)
Photo: Antonia Couling
Greg is singing the tenor role in Benjamin Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings in the EAC's concert in St Mary's Reigate on December 2nd, 2017
Greg Tassell was brought up on a hop farm in Kent and was a chorister at Durham Cathedral. He read music at the University of Exeter where he was also a choral scholar at Exeter Cathedral. He went on to study as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music under Ryland Davies and attended master classes with the late Robert Tear among others. Whilst at RAM he was a prize winner in the 2008 London Handel Competition and was runner-up at the inaugural John Kerr Award for Early English Song of which he is now a trustee. He was also a young artist for Retrospect Ensemble under Matthew Halls with whom he appeared at the Wigmore Hall and toured Israel.
He is now in huge demand both in the UK and abroad for opera, oratorio and recital appearances. His portrayal of Britten’s St Nicolas is widely acclaimed, he is a popular Evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion and his Roasting Swan in Orff’s Carmina Burana dressed in white with feathers is always a crowd puller. He has worked for many opera companies including English Touring Opera, Nova Music and Opera A La Carte and has appeared at many of the UK’s and Europe’s leading classical music venues, including the Philharmonie Luxembourg, where he performed the award-winning educational opera Midnight Moon to critical acclaim. Greg sang in the premiere performances of the new opera by Charlotte Bray Entanglement about the hanging of Ruth Ellis, in 2015 at the Cheltenham International Music Festival and Presteigne Festival, and this year at LSO St Luke’s with Nova Music Opera under George Vass.
Greg has recorded albums with a variety of groups including the recently released London Early Opera album ‘Handel at Vauxhall’ on Signum Records, Finchcocks Press, L’Avventura London and Priory Records. Greg is a keen Elvis fan and often performs with his jumpsuit on at tennis and golf clubs around Kent & Sussex, even going as far as Cumbria for a recent engagement.