Francis Gush is an English countertenor and graduate of the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Lawrence Zazzo, Dinah Harris, and Caroline Dowdle.
Francis has recently 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, the Merry Opera Company staged Messiah Tour, the role of Porfiri in the premiere of Benjamin Leuke’s Crime and Punishment directed by Bill Bankes-Jones (Royal College of Music, International Opera School), Oberon / Britten- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RCM), David / Handel- Saul (RCM), Ottone / Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea (Coronation Opera).
Francis is delighted to have been engaged to perform in an upcoming run of Purcell’s The Indian Queen, under Emmanuelle Haim at the Opéra de Lille, and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment in Bucharest.
Concert engagements have included St John Passion / Bach (Pembroke College, Cambridge), Messiah / Handel (London Three Choirs), Abraham and Isaac / Britten (Kensington Concert Series).
Francis is an also an experienced choral and ensemble singer, performing with the Gabrieli Consort, La Nuova Musica, and the Britten Sinfonia Voices, and having completed a lay-clerkship at Magdalen College in Oxford. Francis is also a former member of Genesis Sixteen, is a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court, and regularly deputises at St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral and the Brompton Oratory.