The tenor Luis Gomes studied at the National Opera Studio and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he graduated (BMus and MMus in Performance) with distinction under the tutelage of Rudolf Piernay. In November 2012, he became a Samling Artist and a scholar of the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto, where he attended masterclasses with Richard Bonynge, Dennis O'Neill and Angela Gheorghiu. Gomes studies with the Italian-American tenor Jack Livigni. He is a graduate of the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, within which he performed at Covent Garden the roles of Le Chevalier in Les dialogues des Carmelites, Pong in Turandot, Gastone in La Traviata, the Lamplighter in Manon Lescaut and Nemorino in L’elisir d'amore (understudy). In June 2015, Luis Gomes made his debut as Fenton in Falstaff at the Royal Opera House. In 2018 he won both the Don Plácido Domingo Ferrer Prize of Zarzuela and the Audience Prize in the Operalia competition, and in 2019 he was one of the finalists in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition representing Portugal. Since 2015, Gomes has performed such roles as Rodolfo in La Bohème (Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Teatro Real Madrid for Fundación Excelentia), Edoardo in Un giorno di regno (Chelsea Opera Group), Nemorino (Den Norske Opera and Ballett, Oslo), Alfredo in La traviata (Glyndebourne on Tour and Teatro Nacional São Carlos), Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (CCB Dias da Música festival), Rodolfo in La Bohème and Azaël in L’Enfant prodigue (Scottish Opera), Beppe in I Pagliacci and Edmondo in Manon Lescaut (Royal Opera House Covent Garden), Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Buxton Opera Festival), Osburgo in La Straniera (Concertgebouw Amsterdam), Nemorino, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Fenton in Falstaff (Teatro Verdi Trieste). Other operatic experience includes Rodolfo in the Verbier Festival Academy for which he was awarded the Grand Prix; Tottono in I gioielli della Madonna; Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (cover) at Opera Holland Park; Beppe in Rita, Fenton in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor and George in Our Town at Silk Street Theatre (GSMD); Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Barbican Theatre; and Jeník in The Bartered Bride for the British Youth Opera at the Peacock Sadler’s Wells Theatre, for which he was awarded the Basil A. Turner Prize. Luis Gomes has also won the Bruce Miller Gulliver Prize (2013). A sought-after concert and recital soloist, he has been invited to prestigious international venues, such as the Semperoper in Dresden, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, DeDoelen Rotterdam and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. His concert repertoire includes Beethoven's Mass in C, Dvořák's Stabat Mater, Gounod's St Cecilia Mass, Haydn's The Creation and Messa in Angustiis, J. S. Bach's St John Passion (arias), Mozart's Mass in C minor and Requiem, Rossini's Petite messe solennelle and Stabat Mater, Schubert's Mass in E flat major and Intende voci, and Verdi’s Requiem.
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