aidan coburn



London-born tenor Aidan Coburn has a growing reputation as one of his generation’s most versatile young singers.

At home on the concert platform, opera stage and in the recital room alike, Aidan’s diverse performance interests carry him through lute song to the operas of Verdi, from Bach to Britten, from chant to contemporary church music.

Aidan started his opera career in the chorus of Glyndebourne Festival Opera where he covered Mozart Entfürung (Pedrillo) and Mozart The Marriage of Figaro (Don Basilio), and created the role of Lady Macbeth in Luke Styles’ Macbeth. Recent roles include Donizetti Il Campanello (Spiridione) with Wexford Festival Opera; Rimsky-Korsakov Mozart and Salieri (Mozart) with Time Zone Theatre; Donizetti Rita (Beppe) with West Green House Opera; Verdi Rigoletto (The Duke) with Wexford Festival Opera; Rossini Barber of Seville (Count Almaviva) with Swansea City Opera.

Passionate about the performance of Baroque music, recent performances include Handel Dixit Dominus with La Nuova Musica and David Bates, Bach St John Passion with London Handel Players and Adrian Butterfield, Monteverdi Orfeo with L’Arpeggiata and Christina Pluhar, and Monteverdi Vespers della Beata Vergine with Musique Cordiale and Graham Ross.

On the wider concert platform, Aidan has performed most of the standard oratorio repertoire around the UK and Europe, highlights including Verdi Requiem (Southwark Cathedral), Tippett A Child of Our Time (St John’s Waterloo), Handel Messiah (Ristretto, Monte Carlo), Dvorak Stabat Mater (Musique-Cordiale, Provence).

As a recitalist, Aidan collaborates most often with Matthew Fletcher, James Sherlock and Ceri Owen, recent highlights including Janacek The Diary of One Who Disappeared (Barbican), Finzi A Young Man’s Exhortation, Schumann Dichterliebe.

Aidan Coburn is represented by Helen Sykes Artists’ Management, contacted at


a remarkable effort from Aidan Coburn as an impressive Duke. He is worth keeping an eye on.

Brian Dickie

Through teaching and conducting, Aidan has always been passionate about education and maintaining diverse musical and professional interests.

Aidan was educated at The London Oratory School, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (MACantab), and the Guildhall of Music and Drama (MMus, MPerf). As a young singer holding a choral scholarship at Caius, Aidan’s formative musical education took him around Europe as both a consort singer and soloist, as well as giving numerous performances on BBC Radio, including on In Tune, The Early Music Show and Choral Evensong.


Before dedicating himself to singing, Aidan spent three years teaching classroom music at The London Oratory School, where he became Assistant Director and, latterly, Acting Director of the internationally acclaimed Schola Cantorum, for which he was also singing teacher to the choristers. Subsequently, Aidan took up the post of Choral Animateur, running the immensely successful Signup Chorister Outreach Programme and West London Children’s Choir, for which he devised and conducted termly concerts with hundreds of school children.

Aidan is a lecturer for Opera Prelude, for which he has given numerous lectures, lecture-recitals and themed recitals – on various topics related to opera -at the Cadogan Hall and Leighton House. More details at He also writes outreach and teaching resources as part of Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s education programme.

Aidan maintains a private teaching studio for children and adults, about which he is always happy to receive enquiries.


Now a passionate hobby, conducting has always been an important part of Aidan’s musical life. When at Cambridge, Aidan first founded the Caius Consort, which specialized in the performance of Baroque music, and then Shadwell Opera with director Jack Furness, with whom he conducted Mozart Cosi Fan Tutte, Mozart The Magic Flute, Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both in Cambridge and in Rosslyn Chapel as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Magic Flute winning the coveted 5* Herald Angel Award.

An experienced choral conductor, Aidan has been Acting Director of the world-renowned London Oratory School Cantorum, Acting Conductor of Hampstead Parish Church Choir and has conducted Caius College Choir.

Aidan is now Musical Director of the acclaimed Colla Voce Singers, a London Chamber Choir that gives several concerts a year in London and around Europe. More about the choir can be found at


Aidan Coburn was terrific as the resourceful Spiridione

Opera Today



30 June ’18, 6pm

St Saviour’s Pimlico

Sounds of Summer, Voices of England
Madrigals, part songs and ditties
Aidan conducts the Colla Voce Singers as part of the SouthWestFest

13 July ’18, 5pm

Longborough Festival Opera

Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos

15 July ’18, 5pm

Longborough Festival Opera

Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos

17 July ’18, 5pm

Longborough Festival Opera

Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos

19 July ’18, 5pm

Longborough Festival Opera

Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos

21 July ’18, 5pm

Longborough Festival Opera

Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos

28 July ’18, 7pm


Gala Song Recital
with Rebecca Taylor

4 August ’18, 8.30pm


Concert Baroque et Classique
arias by Mozart
with Graham Ross

7 August ’18, 9pm


Opera Gala
Arias and duets by Rossini, Verdi and Puccini
with James Lowe

8 August ’18, 12 noon


with Rebecca Taylor


Aidan Coburn proved particularly effective and versatile as Beppe, initially conforming to Rita’s description of him as a “moron” and “a bit thick”, but turning the tables and showing himself slyly resourceful (in manipulating the fate of Rita and Gasparo’s marriage certificate) as well as emotionally adaptable and sensitive enough in learning forgiveness. Coburn encompasses that within his characterization of the part which demonstrates agile command of bel canto alongside the cut and thrust of the more-strenuous comic moments.
Beppe Rita West Green Opera

Yet there’s genuine achievement in the best portions of the piece, and notable contributions from Ed Ballard’s nervy Macbeth, Aidan Coburn’s phlegmatic Lady Macbeth and Alessandro Fisher’s forthright Banquo.
Lady Macbeth Macbeth Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Brilliantly acted by all three performers and Aidan Coburn’s singing is so beautiful I was almost moved to tears.
Mozart Mozart and Salieri Time Zone Theatre

Aidan Coburn combined intensity with charm, had good diction, showed great dexterity in coloratura singing and acted extremely well. Impressively, Coburn was a different character vocally when masquerading as Don Alonso, the substitute for the unwell music master.
Welsh Arts Review
Count Almaviva Barber of Seville Swansea City Opera

A remarkable effort from Aidan Coburn as an impressive Duke. He is worth keeping an eye on.
Brian Dickie
The Duke Rigoletto Wexford Festival Opera

A star turn by Wheatley, matched in pace and Presence by Aidan Coburn, a winsome, boyish Almaviva
The Stage
Count Almaviva Barber of Seville Swansea City Opera

Aidan Coburn was terrific as the resourceful Spiridione
Opera today
Spiridione Il Campanello Wexford Festival Opera

James Sherlock’s conducting of Ensemble Passio is excellent while Gillian Ramm as Rita, Aidan Coburn as Beppo and Andrew McTaggart as Gasparo all throw themselves so completely into their parts that this production feels exceptionally slick and accomplished from start to finish. Performed in West Green House Opera’s Lakeside Pavilion it proves the perfect lunchtime treat.
Bepe Rita West Green Opera


Aidan Coburn is represented by Helen Sykes Artists’ Management


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