Francis Gush is an English countertenor and graduate of the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Lawrence Zazzo, Dinah Harris, and Veronica Veysey-Campbell.
Recent work has included relaunching English National Opera’s ‘Engage’ scheme, with performances around the United Kingdom. In 2020 he was invited to perform as a soloist by Steven Isserlis in his Proustian Wigmore Hall recital, which The Arts Desk described as ‘a show-stealing turn.’ Upcoming work includes a cover of the role of Athamas (Semele- Handel) at the Opéra de Lille in September of 2022.
In 2018 Francis completed a season as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, having been cast as the solo singer in a production of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi at the Swan Theatre in Stratford. Francis was honoured to have performed as a soloist at the memorial of John Barton, alongside international stars of the stage such as Dame Judy Dench, Sir Patrick Stewart, and Sir Ian McKellen.
Previous operatic engagements include Arsace in Hampstead Garden Opera’s run of Handel’s Partenope, which The Stage described as ‘a blowaway performance’.
In 2019 Francis performed in Purcell’s The Indian Queen under Emmanuelle Haim at the Opéra de Lille, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment in Bucharest, and Handel’s Semele with English Voices and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist in the Monteverdi Vespers with St Bartholomew Choral Society at Cadogan Hall and will perform as David in Saul with the Exeter Bach Society in September.
In addition to his solo work, Francis has sung with a number of renowned ensembles including the Gabrieli Consort, Siglo de Oro, Choir of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the English Voices. He took part in the Genesis Sixteen training course and has regularly sung in the choirs of St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral.